"I was brought up saying grace at the table for the food we ate at each meal. By my teens, the words had got abandoned and a simple making of the sign of the cross seemed to suffice. By the time I was in my twenties, both the words and the symbolism had vanished from my table completely.
In my 70th year of life, after making close friends with neighbours Dave and Miriam, the practice of saying grace was reintroduced into my life by them whenever we meet for a joint meal at our respective homes. We say grace for three main reasons; to offer personal thanks to God for the food upon our table, for the people around it and for consideration of the occasion.
I'd like to say that the food tastes better for the saying of grace before eating it, but sadly any such claim would be purely subjective. What I can say however, is that I most certainly feel better, especially when I think about the third world, many of whom starve regularly and go in want daily." William Forde: June 18th, 2016.