03_Thanksgiving Is the Multiplier

According to the Scriptures, complaining and thanksgiving are both multipliers. Complaining multiplies scarcity, fear, futility, and purposelessness; while thanksgiving multiplies a few loaves and fishes to feed all who are present, with plenty left over.  

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L | Listen (Receive the Word via audio or video.)

O | Observe (Connect the passage to your life and recent events.)

Have you thought about how thanksgiving for what “little” you might have could actually be the catalyst for receiving more from God as a gift? What has the Lord said to you about that through this episode? 

V | Verbalize (Pray about your thoughts and emotions.)

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E | Entrust (May it be done to me according to your word!)

Father in Heaven, Creator of all and source of all goodness and love, please look kindly upon us and receive our heartfelt gratitude. Thank you for all of the graces and blessings You have bestowed upon us, spiritual and temporal: our faith and religious heritage; our food and shelter; our health; the loves we have for one another, our families and friends. Dear Father, in Your infinite generosity, please grant us continued graces and blessings throughout the coming year. This we ask in the Name of Jesus, Your Son and our Savior, through Whom all blessing from You is possible. Amen. +

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What We Discussed | Show Notes


Minutes 00:00-12:00 –  overview of NT prayers of thanksgiving in the Gospels and Paul 

Minutes 12:01-24:00 – Jesus’ prayers of thanksgiving and what they brought forth

Minutes 24:01-36:00 – thanksgiving is not for God; what God desires from us in thanksgiving, and what happens when we are properly thankful, especially in suffering

Minutes 36:01-48:00 – an overview of “thanksgiving” in the Catechism


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