Thanksgiving – It isn’t a Holy Day of Obligation but…

What do you think of when you think of Thanksgiving?  Food?  Family?  Football? Big floats of cartoon characters on 5th Ave.? All wonderful things, and all wonderful things for which to be grateful.  And I am sure we all have our own list of things and people and conditions for which we would like to give thanks.  But to whom is our gratitude directed?

On Thursday morning, many of our friends and families will start the day in Church, to praise God for all His goodness to us.  We will see sons and daughters who have been away at college and have come home to be with family.  Perhaps they will bring friends home for the first time and they too will find a place in the pew.

St. Bernard Interior

I have a friend who used to say that the Church should make Thanksgiving a Holy Day of Obligation.  I am glad that it isn’t and that it remains just a holy day of opportunity and I hope that many of you will take the opportunity to make that extra effort to come together as a community of faith to return a gift of gratitude to our God.  I will stop at my local parish before heading out to have a meal with my sister’s family and will give thanks for all of you who are a blessing in my life. You know who you are 🙂

Have a a happy, safe and blessed Thanksgiving.


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