This Thursday is Thanksgiving and it offers a great opportunity to reflect on everything that God has done for us and to give thanks to God in recognition of that goodness and providence. We all need to focus less on the Thanksgiving meal and to learn to celebrate Thanksgiving with a deep sense of prayer, gratitude and joy. As we celebrate this day, we need to remember that our lives as Catholics are a constant act of thanksgiving. blessings of our lives with the source of life, our creator. Here are some simple ways to embrace a grateful heart and remind ourselves that we are truly blessed:
Name your Blessings - Take the time to recognize blessings in our lives. Take some time to name your blessings out loud.
Focus on the Positive - Recognize the blessings you have, rather than those you don’t. We will appreciate just how very rich our lives are.
Write it Down - A simple gratitude journal is where you write down three things for which you are grateful every day.
Appreciate the People in your Life - If you consider someone to be a blessing in your life, let that person know. Tell your kids, parents, siblings or friends how much they mean to you and why.
Be A Blessing - Try to do something nice for someone today. It doesn’t have to be something big.
Learn Thanksgiving Prayers - There are many prayers of thanksgiving, gratitude, harvest and blessings. Focus your prayers on giving thanks for the blessings that God has given you and your family instead of praying for God to fulfill your wants. Giving prayers of thanks help you realize the many ways that God has already blessed your life.
Share the Love - Collect canned goods and nonperishable items and take them to a local shelter or food pantry.
Provide a complete Thanksgiving meal for a needy family. If you are aware of a family that is unable to prepare the meal, cook together as a family and deliver a meal for them or invite them into your home. “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.” (Cicero) By its nature, gratitude leads to humility and wisdom, because a grateful heart understands than none of us is really independent. We’re designed to depend on each other as a family; and to depend as a family on God. At its heart, Thanksgiving has always been about acknowledging our dependence on God, and offering Him our love and gratitude. May God Bless you and your family during this Thanksgiving Holiday. If you or your family is traveling over the holiday weekend, may God watch over you and return you to your homes safely.
October 17, 2020
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