Sayings of the Saints
  • On Ingratitude
"Of the ten lepers cured, there is no one found to return and give glory to God but
this stranger.
                --LUKE 17: 18

IT WOULD be a monstrous ingratitude to receive daily many blessings of the Divine
goodness, and not to acknowledge your gratitude, if not in deeds, at any rate, in
words and canticles.
Besides that, if this gratitude is due to Him, it is no less advantageous to ourselves.
God has no need of us, but we have every need of Him.
The thanksgiving which we offer to Him adds nothing to what He is, but it helps us
to love Him more, and to repose a greater confidence in Him.

For if the remembrance of benefits we have received from men induces us to love
them more, there can be no doubt that, meditating on the graces which Almighty God
has showered upon us, we should naturally feel more desire to love Him, more
prompt to obey Him.


WE OUGHT to imitate the liberality of the soil, which repays, with usurious interest,
the smallest seed that is sown therein. Holy Scripture compares an ungrateful person
to a field or vine, which remains barren if not carefully cultivated; on the other hand,
a grateful man is like a fruitful field, and which increases in value a hundredfold.

It is thus that we must act towards those from whom we have received benefits, and
be like the ungrateful and avaricious land, which retains the seed.
It is not every one who has the power of doing good, but we can always show our
gratitude, for ingratitude is an unpardonable vice.