thanksgiving

Sunday Reflection—Giving Thanks

The Bible stories of Naaman the Syrian and Jesus’ healing of the ten lepers shows us that gratitude is an obligation of justice. To remember the source of our blessings and to give thanks is exactly why some countries, like the USA and Canada, dedicate a national Thanksgiving holiday.  And why Catholics have a “Sunday obligation” to attend the Eucharist. […]

Daily Reflection — Praise His Holy Name

“Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name” (Psalm 30:4). If you are a Christian, you must be a person of prayer. There is no way to have a relationship with Jesus Christ without talking and listening to Him—and that is the very definition of prayer. If I do not pray, then […]

Daily Reflection—Rejoice in the Holy Spirit with the Lord

A Daily Reflection on the Scripture Readings at Mass… “Then turning to the disciples he said privately, ‘Blessed are the eyes which see what you see! For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.’” (Luke 10:23-24) Humble. […]

Who – or What – Rules Me?

Stained glass window at the Melkite Catholic Annunciation Cathedral in Roslindale depicting Christ the King with the regalia of a Byzantine emperor. (January 2009 photo by John Stephen Dwyer [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons)

In between Black Friday and Cyber Monday falls the feast of Christ the King. It’s an interesting juxtaposition. I’m not going to condemn people for shopping on either day, because there are stores that need that boost and there are people who need those sales. A great savings can be a good act of stewardship. Rather, I would encourage people […]

Live Life Gratefully (and You Will Never Regret It)

“When it comes to life, the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.” (G. K. Chesterton) I remember at a very young age the constant urging of my parents to always say “thank you” in response to any kindness or friendly words shared in my direction. For many years, I saw this advice […]

Thanksgiving and the Eucharist

"Adoration of the Mystic Lamb" (detail) by van Eyck

For Americans, the term “Thanksgiving” conjures up images of turkey and cranberry sauce, parades and bowl games.  These are “traditions” that have come to mark an event made a perpetual institution of American life by President Abraham Lincoln. But why did Lincoln proclaim the last Thursday in November as a national holiday? Because it was clear to him that the blessings of food, land, […]

Being Grateful for… my Challenges?

"Christ the Consolator" (detail) by Carl Bloch

“If God sends you many sufferings, it is a sign that He has great plans for you and certainly wants to make you a saint.” (St. Ignatius Loyola) I woke up last Tuesday not feeling very grateful.  I am not sure why, but I started my day in a “mood.”  Maybe it was the stress of having too much on […]