Laudato Si 227: Gratitude at Meals

Earth from Apollo 8The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website.

227. One expression of this attitude is when we stop and give thanks to God before and after meals. I ask all believers to return to this beautiful and meaningful custom. That moment of blessing, however brief, reminds us of our dependence on God for life; it strengthens our feeling of gratitude for the gifts of creation; it acknowledges those who by their labours provide us with these goods; and it reaffirms our solidarity with those in greatest need.

A simple recommendation: to give thanks both before and after meals.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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