He models for us the need for constant gratitude to God for so many blessings, but also, to all who assist us in our daily lives: family members, co-workers, neighbors, friends, colleagues. We tend to express our displeasure and dislikes without hesitation, but we are not so quick to thank all who have helped us.
For me, this Lent is a wonderful time to reflect more deeply on God's many gifts in our lives, and especially to thank personally all who accompany us on our faith journeys. We sometimes look at Lent as a time of privation; but a far more penitential practice is reaching out to one another in expressions of gratitude.
Let's listen to what the Pope said on Wednesday at the Audience:
At this time, however, it is not only God, whom I desire to thank. A Pope is not alone in guiding St. Peter’s barque, even if it is his first responsibility – and I have not ever felt myself alone in bearing either the joys or the weight of the Petrine ministry.
I wish my greetings and my thanks to reach everyone: the heart of a Pope expands to [embrace] the whole world. I would like to express my gratitude to the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Holy See, which makes present the great family of nations. Here I also think of all those who work for good communication, whom I thank for their important service....