Encountering the Word — Colossians 1:3-5a

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“We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love which you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven.” (Colossians 1:3-5a) If you liked this scripture passage, please share it with your friends and […]

In All Things, Give Thanks?

“O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures for ever!” (Psalm 107:1) I pressed the down button and waited for the elevator. We were at Johns Hopkins Neurology Clinic where my husband and I had just met with a genetic specialist about my son, Patrick. The doctor had given us a thorough overview […]

Encountering the Word — Psalm 65:5-8

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“By dread deeds thou dost answer us with deliverance, O God of our salvation, who art the hope of all the ends of the earth, and of the farthest seas; who by thy strength hast established the mountains, being girded with might; who dost still the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, the tumult of the peoples; […]

Encountering the Word – Colossians 3:15

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And let the peace of Christ control your hearts, the peace into which you were also called in one body. And be thankful. (Colossians 3:15) If you liked this scripture passage, please share it with your friends and family using the Share and Recommend buttons below and via email. We value your comments and encourage you to leave your thoughts below. […]

Thanksgiving and the Eucharist

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For Americans, the term “Thanksgiving” conjures up images of turkey and cranberry sauce, parades and bowl games.  These “traditions” 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 […]

Gratitude and Catholic Identity

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A lot happened to me and the rest of the Catholic world between late September when I went to Reconciliation and my visit this past Monday evening with one of our priests during confession time.  The excitement of the election and the daily challenges of making a living in this economy have been significant distractions for me the last few […]

Daily Quote from G. K. Chesterton

“When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.” (G. K. Chesterton) Please help us in our mission to assist readers to integrate their Catholic faith, family and work. Tell your family and friends about this article using both the Share and Recommend buttons below and via email. We […]

Be Thankful in All Things

“In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18) It’s Thanksgiving.  Time to go around the dinner table and say what you are thankful for.  When it’s your turn, you will likely be thankful for your family and the good meal.  Then, you’ll think of other blessings that have come your way.  […]

Following the Pilgrims

When the pilgrims lowered the anchor in Plymouth harbor in December 1620, they were filled with hope. They had survived a perilous three-month journey on an inhospitable Atlantic with only one casualty. Their incessant prayers for a safe arrival had been heard. They had finally landed in the new world and were ready to begin a new life. Little did […]