Weekly Reflection from CPLO and the Jesuit Institute Week of 24 October 2016

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” – William Arthur Ward

Ours is a world in which the dominant culture encourages endless consumption. It is a world  that so often loses sight of the sacredness of itself. It encourages all who live in it to spend every waking second acquiring or laying the ground work for acquisition. The false promise of fulfilment coming from things yet unacquired, in turn undermines the value of all that we have.

When we lose sight of the value of the present and all that it brings, it is almost impossible to see joy. Gratitude and joy walk hand-in-hand, and if you are near one, you are usually not far from the other.

To live your life with a deep and sincere gratitude is to allow yourself to extract the full value of all your circumstances. And it is in absolute gratitude that the greatest joy is found.    Gratitude whose substance is not dependent on what others lack but on an unqualified  appreciation for what you have, is gratitude that won’t leave you when others have more. Gratitude of this kind produces joy of this kind – unassailable and unqualified.



teach us to see and appreciate the value of what we have.

Let as see value in our homes and those who live in them, in our work, our days, and our opportunities.

So that we may experience Your blessings with complete joy.


Mr Iswamo Kapalu

Iswamo Kapalu is a young South African of Zambian origin. He holds an LLB from the University of the Witwatersrand and currently works as a researcher, writer and social justice advocate at the Jesuit Institute.

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