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The Great Feast...

As the fall and winter holidays roll around each year, I’m struck by the layers of memory that lie between the simplest things. My local nephew always hosts our Thanksgiving meal and each year we add new twists that soon become part of our tradition (here’s hoping that the emergency trip to buy a drain plunger continues to be a one-off!). After years of having the family Thanksgiving, my mom started coming to visit here in Cincinnati. My sisters found their own traditions with their families. Now that Mom is gone, many of our memories reside in the foods that we share at our own various table. This year my niece and her family are coming to visit and I’m making several family recipes that she particularly likes, dishes that I learned to make from Mom.1533822_10152225494009179_1825788817_n

As we give thanks for the many graces and blessings in our lives this week, it’s hard not to see in the ways that we celebrate the holiday how much our lives are intertwined. Whether through family, culture, or simply our common humanity, the food we share becomes so much more. In the food, we once again experience a sense of presence even of those who are now absent from their place at the table. Doesn’t it make sense, then, that the central thanksgiving act of our faith is held in bread and wine?

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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."