I did myself a favor today and read this excellent article by Roger Scruton on the CERC website.  I was in a hurry and a little preoccupied, but I was drawn to the article title and took a few minutes to read it.  Gratitude and Grace are words we may often use, but I doubt we take the time to reflect on their meaning and how important they are to our lives as Chrisitians.  Scruton walks you through an intelligent and engaging look at how our society and the children we are raising today are losing their connection to these words.  The “state” is taking over many of the responsibilities once reserved for charities and what was once an act of love to help our fellow man has been replaced by a soulless bureaucratic exercise.  I encourage you to read this article and help us answer these questions:

Did the article resonate with you?  Why?  Why not?

What will you do differently in your life, now that you have read this article?

Gratitude and Grace

By Roger Scruton

In the religions that are familiar to us, the idea of grace is of fundamental importance.

The term (Latin gratia) translates a variety of words in Hebrew, Greek, Arabic, and Sanskrit, but all the sacred texts seem to point in the same direction, affirming that God’s relation to the world as a whole, and to each of us in particular, is one of giving. The beseeching of God’s grace is the central feature of the Anglican liturgy. The great prayer of the Catholic Church, based on a poem in the New Testament, greets the Virgin Mary with the words “Hail Mary, full of Grace, blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.”

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