This week our focus is remembering to start every day with a grateful prayer and a thankful heart. The saint whose life we celebrate today is a person who did just that, St. Edward the Confessor. He is called “the Confessor” because of his pious life and concern for the poor and needy. As King of England he managed to maintain peace for twenty-two years. It is noted that he gave as much as one tenth of his income to support Westminster Abbey for which he was the virtual founder and in which he was buried when he died at the age of 63 in 1066, and where his shrine continues to this day.

Perhaps like King Edward you are financially blessed. As my Thanksgiving Card (see October 12 OMP) stated “if you have money in the bank, your wallet, and some spare change; you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy”; this is another reason for rising in the morning with a grateful prayer on our lips and a thankful heart beating in our chest. Remember though, Jesus told us we cannot serve two masters; some of our financial blessings are for caring for others in the name of God who loves us all.

Bible Reading: Psalm 138: 4-8; Matthew 5: 1-10; Luke 16:13.