Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

Formation and Education for the Life of the Church


by Krista Hall

A couple months ago, I was watching a CreativeLive workshop on creating short video stories. The presenter, Hailey Bartholomew, showed a project she had recently completed titled "30 Days of Gratitude." The idea was to shoot video every day, for 30 days, of anything you were grateful for or found inspiring. Then, at the end of 30 days, you would edit all those video clips together to music.

I loved this idea. At the end of 30 days, you could step back and take a look at all the wonderful things that happen in your everyday life.

I wanted to find a way to do a similar project for Saint Meinrad, so I proposed interviewing a couple seminarians about what they were grateful for and then trying to take pictures to represent those things. Then I would edit the video and still pictures together with music to tell a short story.

I ended up interviewing four seminarians and using pictures I took from March 2012, when I started to work for Saint Meinrad, to the present.

All four had great things to say. They were thankful for the beautiful environment and the relationships they've built at Saint Meinrad. They were thankful for the gift of the Eucharist and for their growth and formation.

I'm hoping when you view the project, you will step back and see all the little things in your life that you're grateful for. Just as seminarian Stephen Hart said, gratitude is necessary for a life of joy. Taking the time to see what you're grateful for will lead to a life filled with more happiness. 

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Echoes from the Bell Tower is a blog devoted to observations on Christian faith, spirituality and everyday events, by authors with a connection to the Benedictine values found at Saint Meinrad Archabbey and its Seminary and School of Theology. Contributors include students, permanent deacons, Benedictine oblates and Saint Meinrad monks. Their stories, thoughts and ideas highlight the mission and vision that ring out from the bell towers on this Hill in southern Indiana.