Thanksgiving week is one of the most peaceful weeks of the year for me! I find Thanksgiving to be kind of a mini retreat. Unfortunately, because of all the pandemic restrictions I was unable to go away for my annual retreat in October, which was schedule for Eastern Point Retreat House in Massachusetts. My alternative has been taking extra days at my home in Naples, praise God. This week the pace is a little slower allowing me time to connect with significant others in my life, how that will be done this year will be different. 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 pains that 2020 has brought to our world. With God assistance, we will continue to confront those trials and pains. I encourage you to take time to reflect on your blessings of the past year, my blessings include:
- My brother, Dick’s home unfortunately burned to the ground in late
July. Fortunately, no one was injured. It was a real blessing Dick
and Nancy were at the grocery store when the fire started. Their
new home is under construction, they hope to move in next spring.
- The continued good health of my family.
- The beauty of friendships, some have been part of my life for over
- Another year (42+) 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. Those who stay so
committed to Transfiguration despite the pandemic lift my spirit.
- 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 write this a few days before the bulletin is published, and as of today, assuming nothing changes with Covid restrictions, I look forward to celebrating Thanksgiving Day Mass with you on Thursday. Normally I travel to Michigan to spend Thanksgiving with some very good friends of 47+ years, but not this year. 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
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
In Peace and Courage,