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Empty Nest...

I’ve always thought that after raising four children that I’d look forward to the peace and quiet of having an “empty nest” some day. But I realize that with that empty nest comes the loss of company, conversations and companionship with my adult children.  Thus, empty nest equals emptiness.

My two oldest sons have moved on to bigger and better things. My oldest son Dominic was recently blessed with the grace to follow his dream by securing new employment and residence in the state of Texas. My next oldest son Scott also was blessed to have found a new job and has recently moved out of our house and into his new home.

We do still have two children who live at home. But with the older two gone, I’m already feeling a void. Up until Dominic moved away, we normally had family dinner together on Sunday evenings. And now those family dinners will be very few and far between.

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, my praise and thanks to God will be for all the good graces he has showered upon my family. But mostly, I thank Him every day for the gift of each other. Whether near or far, we are family. The emptiness may be felt at home, but certainly not in my heart.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

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"And now let us begin this journey, the Bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome, which presides in charity over all the Churches, a journey of brotherhood in love, of mutual trust. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world that there might be a great sense of brotherhood.

I will now give my blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will."

-Papa Francis quote

He does not know you, yet he prays for you.
He will most likely never meet you, yet he loves you.

This is your chance to show your love, for as the Bible teaches, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."