One of my gifts to a friend this Christmas was a “Gratitude Kit” consisting of 52 small thank-you cards and a handsome little journal to keep track of a note sent each week to someone who has extended an unexpected act of kindness or who in some way has gone above and beyond the expected—the barista who always spreads cheer with her smile, the co-worker who does a favor, a neighbor who stops by with a garden bouquet for no special reason, that sort of thing. At the end of the year, she will have a lovely memento of some big and small acts of kindness she’s enjoyed and for which she has expressed gratitude.
If I had kept such a journal this past year, here are a few people and things I would have included:
- Our two Holy Fathers in 2013—Pope Benedict, who showed us how to step down with grace and dignity after a long period of prayerful discernment, and Pope Francis, who continues to model the humility of Christ for the world; and for their combined efforts in bringing Lumen Fides to print. In 2014 they will jointly canonize two of their predecessors—can you image St. Peter’s Square in Rome on that day!