G. K. Chesterton wrote, “I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” Thanksgiving is the proper response of all sentient creatures to their Creator. Mixed with trust in God and forgiveness of neighbor, gratitude provides for us a key to Christian happiness and a foretaste of the everlasting joys of Heaven.
“Pondus meum, amor meus.” That simple, yet profound statement by St. Augustine of Hippo, the Great Saint, Father, and Doctor of the church, points directly to the very meaning of- and key to our existence.
In the Latin writings of the great Saint and Doctor of the Church, Bernardine of Siena, is found the following gem. I have provided first for you the text of Roman 13:10-14, and then his commentary which I have translated. I hope that it is as fruitful for your meditation and inspiration as it is for me.