Thanksgiving week is one of the most peaceful weeks of the year for me! I find Thanksgiving to be kind of a mini retreat; not that I need another one having just been on my annual retreat in October at the Jesuit Retreat House in Guelph, Ontario. This week the pace is a little slower allowing me time to connect with significant others in my life. It also gives me, as I hope you, time to reflect on the blessings showered upon us in the past year. I realize that sometimes it is difficult to see the blessings through all the trials and pain we sometimes have to confront, but the blessings are there. This past year has been filled with blessings for me which include:
- My brother Don’s recovery from his very serious car accident on January 12, 5 weeks in Strong Hospital’s ICU and another week in a regular room, plus 5 weeks in rehab at St. Ann Nursing Home, in addition to physical therapy at home for several more months.
- The continued good health for the rest of my family.
- The beauty of friendships, some have been part of my life for nearly 50 years.
- Another year (39+) of ministry in our Church.
- Ministry with the people of Transfiguration and what a joyful experience it has been for me and hopefully for you.
- Time to recreate and soak in the beauty of the world God has given us to enjoy.
- An ever-deepening awareness of God’s love in my life.
I am taking advantage of Fr. Bill Graf’s willingness to preside at Thanksgiving Day Mass and the willingness of Margie Benza, Sue Wallace and Tim Smith to make sure all is ready for Mass on this special day. This allows me to travel to Michigan to spend Thanksgiving with some very good friends of 45+ years. I praise and thank God for all these blessings. Happy Thanksgiving!
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You never know what a kid may say and with an eye on Thanksgiving dinner:
TEACHER: Now, Simon, tell me frankly, do you say prayers before eating?
SIMON: No sir, I don't have to, my Mom is a good cook.
Let us continue to pray for peace and for the end of terrorism in our world!
In peace and courage,