Giving Thanks

This month, many of my friends on social media are sharing one thing they are grateful for every day. November is a time of gratitude, and studies have shown that being grateful for what we have is key to happiness.

If you are not part of an organization, celebrating NCSW can be challenging. Many of our initiatives are focused on supporting organizations, such as communities of women religious, dioceses, schools (both k-12 and colleges/universities), and other Catholic organizations to honor and celebrate the contributions of women religious. As an individual, you are certainly encouraged to attend events that are in your area, but perhaps, this year, you’d like to go a little deeper to express gratitude for the impacts that women religious have had on your life. I get it.

This month, I’d like to issue you (each and every one of you a challenge) for NCSW 2018. It is a two-parter, so bear with me. Part one: think of a sister (just one or as many as you’d like) who has made a positive impact on your life and, if possible, reach out to them this November and thank her. Part two: during NCSW, find a way to thank that sister in person. Take her out to lunch or out to coffee (or even for a drink!). If that sister is no longer living, consider engaging with her community to say your thanks.

Acts of gratitude are most meaningful when they are on a smaller, more personal scale. How will you say thank you this year?

About Molly Hazelton

Molly Hazelton is the site director of National Catholic Sisters Week, headquartered at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. She credits her love, respect and admiration for Catholic sisters to her grandmother, Isabel, who was educated in nursing by the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph at Fanny Allen Hospital in Colchester, Vt. Molly is also a trained librarian, so please feel free to ask her for book recommendations.