Written by Elizabeth Eilers Sullivan, Visitation Alumna

The snow dances between ice and rain outside, and as I walk through the slush it is like I am wading in waves this Leap Year. This Lent, I am throwing myself into greater gratitude. I heard my fellow blogger, Melissa, speak that she is trying to say “Thank you, for everything in her life this Lent, even the messy stuff.” Don’t we often want to leap over the messy stuff of our lives to get to the comort and grace on the other side? But the trick is leaping over the sticky stuff means you miss the good stuff, the stuff that informs our hearts, our minds and our guts to act curouageously down the road. The messiness is where wisdom and grace are born and often where we transform into greater versions of ourselves.

I hold Melissa’s intention and the stories of others I heard recently as I think about the simple and revolutionary act of the two simple words, “Thank you,” in my own Lenten prayer. How do we say thank you to God, others, ourselves even in the slushy parts of our life? So as not to leap over it all, but to really pay attention, which I am told is the beginning of devotion.

“If the only prayer you ever said in your whole life was “Thank you,” that would suffice.” -Meister Eckhart

Thank you. Amen.




Elizabeth Eilers Sullivan is a 1993 graduate of the Mendota Heights Visitation; she currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with her husband and three sons. She is a freelance writer who is passionate about motherhood and sharing Salesian Spirituality . We are happy to feature her here as a guest blogger from time to time.


Melissa Kiemde · February 29, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Thank you! (I write this, with Fr. Richard Rohr on in the background, speaking at the “Everything Belongs” conference recorded in Miami a few years back.) <3

Elizabeth Sullivan · February 29, 2012 at 10:37 pm

Yes you do write it with that background and I wish I would have recalled that to include so thank you for posting the Fr Richard Rohr resource.

Jody · March 1, 2012 at 8:54 am

Beautiful post Elizabeth. Thank you to Melissa, yourself, and all who blog here. Thank you to all that post comments here. My eyes are continually opened and my heart is filled with gratitude.

Neri · March 1, 2012 at 9:21 am


beautifully said.

That is what we are called, to be saints, a better version of ourselves.

Elizabeth Sullivan · March 1, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Jody thank you for taking the time to post your thoughtful gratitude! Your spirit is infectious. Neri, thank you for highlighting the definition of a saint well phrased.
With love and gratitude,

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