And one of them, realizing he had been healed, returned, glorifying God in a loud voice;and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him. He was a Samaritan. Jesus said in reply, “Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine? Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?” Then he said to him, “Stand up and go; your faith has saved you.” Luke 17:15-19
When God is seen behind (and in) everything, thanksgiving becomes one’s fundamental attitude. One’s perspective and life have changed! Perpetual Adoration in a spirit of unremitting, reparative thanksgiving – this is our mission handed on to us from our Mother Marie Ste. Claire. The account of the healing of the ten lepers and the one leper who returned to give thanks to Our Lord inspired our foundress with the desire to console Jesus whose Eucharistic Presence among us is so often met with ingratitude, neglect and offenses.
Since the founding of the PCPA Order, the nuns have chanted Our Lady’s Magnificat at the turn of each adoration hour in order to join in her praise and gratitude to the Father. Thanksgiving has always been the natural flavor of the Franciscan life; it is a necessary expression of authentic love. Our Holy Mother Clare in her writings, exhorts us to give thanks for our vocation – this calling to be espoused to Christ the Lord. The following prayer of Our Holy Father Francis is another glimpse into the joy of a life of thanksgiving: