‘We become aware of the many gifts of God with gratitude, and gratitude is the memory of the heart. Gratitude is the process where we allow the gifts we have received to touch our hearts and transform our lives. Our transformed lives help us feel more and more the interconnectedness of all of live. Therefore, the gifts that have transformed us now flow out of us because we realize that they belong to everyone.’
Paul Coutinho SJ, Kindle location 791 (An Ignatian Pathway: Experiencing the mystical dimension of the Spiritual Exercises.)
That phrase ‘gratitude is the memory of the heart’ resonates with something deep within. I can’t quite grasp the full extent of its significance, but it seems one of those phrases that is worth writing on my white board. I feel I need to let it linger in my consciousness and see where it takes me.
Gratitude is the memory of the heart.
I had thought I would prepare a piece today on Ash Wednesday and the significance of Lent. For Lent in 2012 I posted something for which I was grateful on my Facebook page every day. Maybe the invitation is again to focus on the practice of gratitude for Lent this year.