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)

One thought on “Thanksgiving is Prayer

  1. Pingback: Thanksgiving (2011) | Fr. Ted's Blog

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.