Fr. Kevin C. Fazio

An Attitude of Gratitude

My newest friendship is with Fr. Robert Kimbaleba of the Diocese of Kayanga in Tanzania.

I am glad that he was sent to visit us last weekend as part of our diocesan-wide mission appeal program, and was very much moved by his kindness, openness and honesty in sharing with me and with us what life is like in the rural and remote areas of his country:  no roads, electricity, or running water; limited access to good health care and minimal educational opportunities. It was a reminder of how grateful to God we really should be for things that we have no control over — most of us being born into loving families and a free, developed country where opportunities are plentiful.

Oftentimes we complain or become upset over situations and circumstances that are really quite petty, arguably because we have grown used to being so very comfortable. We receive not only what we need, but what we want. We expect to have access to not only the necessities of life, but the niceties of life too!

People like Fr. Robert are reminders that an attitude of gratitude is most appropriate to carry with us at all times. If we are serious about living the Gospel, we are to be generous with our excess so that people who are less fortunate don’t have to struggle so much with the harshness of life. Perhaps they will experience the touch of God’s hand and heart through our charity.

If you would like to keep in touch with Fr. Robert, his email address is

Yours in Christ,



Fr. Kevin