Can you be grateful for your suffering? A spiritual director I had in the seminary asked me this question, and I was taken aback. But trying to sincerely pray in gratitude for my suffering helped me to discover God.
The most important day of my life was when I was baptized, because on that day my relationship with God and the Church was solidified. How happy a day, because in a world full of brokenness, violence, sadness, war, death, we always have the chance to be grateful that we have been given this eternal relationship with God. And whether it is Naaman or the leper who came back to Jesus, both teach us about the importance of thanking God, especially for what we might too easily take for granted. What are you grateful for today? Take a moment and tell God about it.