Thanksgiving is Prayer

“But there is a more serious difficulty here, namely to describe the different types of prayers.   The apostle (St. Paul) notes four types.  ‘My advice is that first of all supplication should be offered up for everyone, prayers, pleas and thanksgiving’ (1 Tim 2:1).  … So we must first inquire what is meant … by thanksgiving.     ….  Thanksgivings: Unspeakably moved by the memory of God’s past kindnesses, by the vision of what he now grants or by all that He holds out as a future reward to those who love Him, the mind gives thanks.  In this perspective richer prayers are often uttered.  Looking with the purest gaze at the rewards promised to the saints, our spirit is moved by measureless joy to pour out wordless thanksgiving to God.”    (St. John Cassian, CONFERENCES, pp 107-109)

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