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Giving Thanks...

Sometimes I use Preface 40 in the Roman Missal. I especially like the way it addresses God and says, “Our prayer of thanksgiving adds nothing to your greatness, but makes us grow in your grace….”

Although nothing we say or do can ever increase God’s greatness, don’t we become different people whenever we express gratitude? When I show that I am grateful, I am starting on a new path with some individual/group or I am reinforcing a friendship.

Although our reasons to be grateful vary greatly, the same dynamic is at work: Expressing gratitude reflects who we are before God, with one another and in our own eyes. Grateful people build community, as our country’s first Thanksgiving celebration demonstrated. No matter what communities we belong to, they depend on grateful people to grow and prosper.

When we express how grateful we are to someone other than God, we do not grow in that person’s grace but rather we recognize God’s grace at work in this person’s life. Being honest about that prepares us to be more honest about how our choices cooperate with or obstruct God’s grace.

Have a great Thanksgiving season!

This blog was taken from Pat McCloskey’s “Dear Reader” column in St. Anthony Messenger. To subscribe to this award-winning publication, click here.

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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."