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November 26, 2014
THE TRIB TIMES WILL
RETURN NEXT WEEK, GOD WILLING (James 4:15).
(1Co 1:4-8) I
give thanks to my God always for you, for the grace of God that is
given you in Christ Jesus: That in all things you are made rich in him,
in all utterance and in all knowledge; As the testimony of Christ was
confirmed in you, So that nothing is wanting to you in any grace,
waiting for the manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ. Who also will
confirm you unto the end without crime, in the days of the coming of
our Lord Jesus Christ.
CATHOLIC SAN FRANCISCO: Thanksgiving reflection: All good gifts come from God by Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone
DR TAYLOR MARSHALL: 6 Amazing Catholic Thanksgiving Facts You Need to Know
CATHOLIC STANDARD EXCERPT: Five ways to put the thanks back in Thanksgiving by Father William Byrne
President Abraham Lincoln's words are as relevant today as they were in
1863 and have inspired my five ways to put the thanks back in
1.- “sojourning in foreign lands” – Say a prayer at your Thanksgiving
table for those who are away from home, especially those who serve our
nation in both military and civil service. While you do so, look around
at those seated next to you and savor the joy of being with those you
2.- “beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens” – Jesus offered
Himself on the altar of the Cross as a sacrifice to our heavenly Father
for the sins of all humankind. The Mass is our participation in that
Sacrifice. He gave us bread and wine to offer so that we do not have to
die on a Cross to know the fruits of His victory. The Eucharist comes
from a Greek word meaning “thanksgiving.” Go to Mass on Thanksgiving if
you can, or another day if you’re roasting the bird, and tell God how
grateful you are for everything, especially for saving you.
3.- “humble penitence” – Old Abe hits it on the head. In order to be
truly grateful to God, we have to be really aware of how much mercy He
has given us. This should evoke in us not just thanks, but also sorrow
for the times that we ignore His generosity. Tell God you’re sorry, and
the best place to do that is in Confession.
4.- “commend to his tender care”- If we call ourselves followers of
Jesus, we must help those in need. In addition to putting some cans in
the food drive this holiday season, mark the last Thursday of each
month as a mini-Thanksgiving. On this mini-Thanksgiving day, stop and
call to mind again your blessings and give God praise. Then, make a
point to share with those who need your help. Food pantries need food
not just in November.
5.- “Almighty Hand” – Abraham Lincoln was not afraid to talk about God.
Some think that the voice of faith has no place in public discourse. We
must be thankful not just for the gift of life and liberty, but the
also for the Creator who gives us all that is good. We should be proud
and thankful to know the Lord, and we should not be afraid or
embarrassed to share Him and His joy with others.
VALLEY CATHOLIC: Origin of our Thanksgiving Day by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.
St. Paul urged us to give thanks to God always. Our forebears and our
founding fathers, active Christians, often followed this sage counsel.
And eventually our national day of Thanksgiving evolved.
The very first Thanksgiving was celebrated on September 8, 1565, in
what is now St. Augustine, Florida, by Spanish settlers and Timucua
Indians. On that day the first Mass, an act of thanksgiving, was
celebrated on American soil, and it was followed by a feast of bean
Another Thanksgiving was observed in El Paso, Texas, under the
leadership of Spanish explorer Don Juan de Onate, who declared: “In the
name of the Most Holy Trinity…I take possession of this whole land this
April 30, 1598, in honor of Our Lord Jesus Christ, on this day of the
Ascension of Our Lord ….” Mass was celebrated and a feast of geese,
cranes, and ducks was enjoyed by the colonists, followed by a play
organized by the Franciscan missionaries honoring the Native American
Another interesting note concerns Squanto, the Native American who
helped the Puritan pilgrims and Native Americans arrange at Plymouth
Rock in 1621 what is the historical forerunner of our Thanksgiving.
Squanto had previously been captured and enslaved by the English, but
was freed by the Spanish Franciscans, and was baptized a Catholic.
Thus, a Catholic contributed to arranging our Thanksgiving Day.
Thanksgiving is one of the most loved and honored American holidays.
Some travel considerable distances to spend this day with family.
Spending time with family is surely a special blessing. But it is
important to remember that Thanksgiving is much more than turkey,
stuffing, and football. Unlike other secular holidays like Labor Day
and the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving is a national holiday that is
clearly religious in nature. As a nation of faith with Christian
foundation, we set aside this day to thank God for his many blessings.
During his first year in office, 1789, President George Washington
called for a day of Thanksgiving because “it is the duty of all nations
to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God to obey his will, to be
grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and
In 1815 President James Madison issued a proclamation for “a day of
thanksgiving and of devout acknowledgements to Almighty God for his
great goodness.” But after Madison Thanksgiving reverted to a regional
celebration in the New England states for 48 years.
During the Civil War a concerned magazine editor, Sarah Josepha Hales,
petitioned the Lincoln administration in 1863 that a day of
Thanksgiving “now needs national recognition and official fixation to
become permanently an American custom and institution.” That year
President Abraham Lincoln called on Americans to “fervently implore the
interposition of the Almighty hand to heal the wounds of the nation and
to restore it, as soon as may be consistent with the divine purpose, to
the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility, and union.”
Thoughts to ponder this Thanksgiving. Thanks be to God!
Desert Fathers: sayings of the Early Christian Monks: Discretion
117. A hermit said, 'The prophets wrote books. Our predecessors came
after them, and worked hard at them, and then their successors
memorized them. But this generation copies them onto papyrus and
parchment and leaves them unused on the window-ledge.'
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