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Radical Gratitude by Mary Jo Leddy, Mary Jo Leddy

1. Beginnings 1 2. Perpetual Dissatisfaction 14 What Drives Us? 18 The Culture of Money 19 The Captivity of Craving 21 Culturally Induced Dissatisfaction 23 A Deeper Dissatisfaction 25 A Wider Dissatisfaction 27 Partial Liberations 29 Captivity Then and Now 32 3. Radical Gratitude 38 Stories of Gratitude 41 My Beginning 41 Beginning Again, Out of the Great Blue 42 Christopher 44 Overwhelming Goodness on September 11 44 A Preference for Being 46 The Sun and Poverty 46 Room Enough for Gratitude 47 Someone to Thank 48 The Multiplication of Money 49 The Dynamics of Gratitude 50 Beyond Dissatisfaction 52 The Great Economy of Grace 55 Ingratitude 59 Loving God for Nothing 61 Eucharist 63 Giving Ourselves Away 65 Jesus, the Example of Radical Gratitude 68 Acting on Gratitude 69 4. Creative Power 71 The Craving for Power 73 Power and Controlling Interest 76 Powerlessness Corrupts 79 Dreams Deferred 81 The Resentment of Powerlessness 82 Powerlessness and Violence 83 The Enchantment of Powerlessness 84 The Innocence of Victims 85 The Organization of Powerlessness 87 Relational Power 89 The Omnipotence of God 93 Real Powerlessness and Radical Powerlessness 96 The Power of Jesus 97 The Power of Christian Community 100 5. The Point of Our Being 104 Episodic Meaning 105 Lifelines from the Past 107 The Myth of Progress 109 From Better to More 112 The Empire of More 113 Without a Vision the People Perish 116 Political Ways of Coping with a Loss of Vision 120 The Future and Class Time 124 Imperial Ideologies 126 The Need for Enemies 128 Living with Purpose 132 Jesus and the Point of His Being 139 6. Living with Spirit 142 1. Begin before You Are Ready 144 2. Practice Gratitude 145 3. Gather with Like-Spirited People 152 4. Live More Simply 156 5. Look for Good Examples 159 6. Think with the Mind of Your Heart 162 7. See from the Center and the Edge 165 8. Be Connected to a Longer Tradition, a Wider Community 165 9. Find a Beloved Community 168 10. Contemplate the Face of the World 170 Acknowledgments 174 Notes on Sources and Recommended Readings 175

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