Tuesday - January 4, 2022


“For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.” – Romans 1:21

Bernard of Clairvaux, venerated as Saint Bernard, was a Burgundian abbot and a major leader in the revitalization of Benedictine monasticism in France during the Middle Ages. Bernard helped found 163 monasteries in different parts of Europe. His written works emphasize the love of God and walking in humility.

Three of his poems have been translated into hymns which are in many English hymnals today: "O Sacred Head, Now Wounded", "Jesus the Very Thought of Thee" and "Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts".

On the subject of ingratitude, Bernard wrote: "Ingratitude is the soul's enemy... Ingratitude is a burning wind that dries up the source of love, the dew of mercy, the streams of grace."

As we begin this New Year, make every effort to be grateful for all of the Lord’s blessings. Today in prayer, thank Christ for the blessings He has bestowed on you and seek to be grateful to Him and to others throughout the day.

"The man who has forgotten to be thankful, has fallen asleep in life." – Robert Louis Stephenson

God’s Word: “People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good” 2 Timothy 3:2-3