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From Our Family to Yours

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I wish all our readers a blessed day as you gather with family and friends to give thanks. ~ Kerri

May we cherish each moment with our family and friends today, even those who challenge our charity, for those are the very ones who might need our kindness and gratitude the most. ~ Christine

In thanksgiving for my Catholic faith, the sacraments and the priests who make them possible. I am also thankful for the gift of Life. May we honor the value of everyone – young and old, born and unborn. For the joy of being in a large, messy, and loving family. In gratitude for good health after my bout with cancer and for the medical professionals who administer to the sick. I am thankful for the help of others – family, friends, and even strangers – on my life’s journey. And for the safety of a warm home where I hope to grow old with my one true love. Thank you Lord for the beauty of your creation. Let us cherish the masterpiece that is our world. ~ Birgit

I am thankful that at all times God is holding our family firmly in His hands. I am thankful that He has put the right people here to surround me with love and faith. I am thankful that He trust us so much that He would bless us so richly, even when we are not deserving. We pray that during this Thanksgiving season and at all times, that you feel every bit as blessed and loved as our family feels. ~ Michelle

My prayer this day is that everyone has the chance to spend the day with someone they love. I pray that this holiday season will be one that spreads the light and love of Christ to all. May we all reach out to one another in friendship, seeking to find common ground rather than to condemn and highlight differences.  ~ Marie

I want to remember and hold up in prayer all our military men and women, especially the ones that are separated from loved ones this holiday season. Thank you and your families! ♥ ~ Ann Marie O.

I thank God that we have enough food to eat, warm clothing and a comfortable bed to sleep in. I ask God to give us the resources and means to help others receive these blessings, too. ~ AnnMarie C.

I thank God for my family — especially Andrew & Rachel on their birthday weekend — & friends. I thank God for my continued recovery & wish for it to continue smoothly. I thank God for the continued support & love I get from my family — especially Andrew & mom — & friends — especially the Sistas — & even complete strangers throughout the world. I pray that Rachel & my Thanksgiving story will help other women facing a diagnosis like mine.

I pray that all people in the world will open their eyes & hearts to the wonderful gift of life & give thanks for life even when things look desperate. I pray that cancer patients the world over are getting good care & are thankful for the hard-working doctors, nurses & researchers who are trying to help end the tragedy of cancer. ~ Erika V.

Thankful for our ancient, transcending Faith. Thankful for our Church that has withstood the test of time and every enemy. Thankful for the Eucharist which transforms the ordinary into extraordinary on so many levels. Thankful for my family, both my beloved husband and children and my awesome extended families. And thankful for the kind of friends that are around year after year, mistake after mistake, trial after trial, and joy after joy. ~ Adrienne

I’m thankful to have come home to the Catholic Church in 2004, and to the amazing people who serve their parishes through RCIA programs. I pray for those currently preparing to come into full communion this coming Easter. ~ Nicole

 I’m thankful for the gift of family, whether by blood or bound through our Catholic Faith. ~ Martina

I wish peace and blessings upon all of our readers and contributors, and that we may feel grateful that we are well fed, both physically and spiritually by God’s gracious hand. ~Brittany

Thankful for God who loves and forgives us. Thankful for the Communion of Saints we look to as examples of God’s wishes for us. Wishing for all to be grateful for lives filled with blessings. ~ Charla

I thank God for calling me out of atheism and sparing me a life without Him. I beg for graces for those who have not yet come home, that they might enjoy God’s loving presence in their lives, too. ~ Misty

For the life God has called me to lead, instead of the one I want…I am thankful that he softened my heart and opening my mind to listen to Him. Which means I am thankful for my new parish, my husband, my children, my new pastor, and friends. ~ Erika D.

I am thankful for the Baptist community where I grew up for instilling in me a love for our Lord Jesus and His Word, and for God leading me home to His Holy Catholic Church, where my experience with Jesus has deepened in intimacy. ~ Tiffany P.

 I am thankful that God allowed me to go through all the hardships in my life and that when it was time, and His Will, He whacked me with the 2×4 that brought me Home to Him and His Church. I’m thankful that He never gives up on anyone and that by His Grace, I’m alive to tell people what He has done for me. ~ Leticia

Thank you, Lord, for the gift of being able to worship you in freedom. Thank you, Lord for you many blessings in our lives.
Please continue to lead us and guide us in all that we do, so that we may help bring about the Kingdom of God, while we wait in joyful hope for your coming. ~ Emily

So thankful for all the priests whose goal is to encourage their flock to grow in holiness and to be saints, and who preach the Truth gently but firmly. ~ Colleen

Thank you for the opportunity to start over again in the sacrament of confession, to continue to strive to become a saint, for all our opportunities to become better and more holy people. ~ Lisa

I give thanks to God for the gift of my husband, children, and our whole family and that we are surrounded by a wonderful church and school family. May everyone celebrate God’s blessings both big and small on this day of thanksgiving and every day! ~ Amy M.

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From our family to yours…

From our contributors:

 

Many blessings on this wonderful day of thanks! ~ Kerri

May we cherish each moment with our family and friends today, even those who challenge our charity, for those are the very ones who might need our kindness and gratitude the most. ~ Christine

For the greatness of our God, for our family, and for the precious gift of life – we thank you, Lord! ~ Birgit

Our family is so thankful for all of God’s blessings in our lives. We pray that God blesses you as richly as He has blessed us. Happy Thanksgiving! ~ Michelle

I wish that everyone reading our blog has the chance to spend the day with someone who they love. And that all of us who are struggling with darkness right now might know and understand that light is coming.  Also, that we might bring the light of Christ to others.  ~ Marie

I want to remember and hold up in prayer all our military men and women, especially the ones that are separated from loved ones this holiday season. Thank you and your families! ♥ ~ Ann Marie O.

I thank God that we have enough food to eat, warm clothing and a comfortable bed to sleep in. I ask God to give us the resources and means to help others receive these blessings, too. ~ AnnMarie C.

I thank God for my family — especially Andrew & Rachel on their birthday weekend — & friends. I thank God for my continued recovery & wish for it to continue smoothly. I thank God for the continued support & love I get from my family — especially Andrew & mom — & friends — especially the Sistas — & even complete strangers throughout the world. I pray that Rachel & my Thanksgiving story will help other women facing a diagnosis like mine.

I pray that all people in the world will open their eyes & hearts to the wonderful gift of life & give thanks for life even when things look desperate. I pray that cancer patients the world over are getting good care & are thankful for the hard-working doctors, nurses & researchers who are trying to help end the tragedy of cancer. ~ Erika

Thankful to live in a country that was born by Christians who wisely allowed for the correction of our sinful ways with the voting power of the people.

Thankful that God sees it fit to continue to send new generations so that we may pass on His teachings such that laws involving the loss of human dignity might be overturned.

Thankful for my family, extended family, close friends and far friends.

Thankful for the Church and the Eucharist. ~ Adrienne

I’m thankful to have come home to the Catholic Church in 2004, and to the amazing people who serve their parishes through RCIA programs. I pray for those currently preparing to come into full communion this coming Easter. ~ Nicole

 I’m thankful for the gift of family, whether by blood or bound through our Catholic Faith. ~ Martina

I wish peace and blessings upon all of our readers and contributors, and that we may feel grateful that we are well fed, both physically and spiritually by God’s gracious hand. ~Brittany

Thankful for God who loves and forgives us. Thankful for the Communion of Saints who webbing to as examples of God’s wishes for us. Wishes for all to be grateful for lives filled with blessings. ~ Charla

In thanksgiving for my family and that I made it this far in pregnancy…asking for another 12 weeks at least of pregnancy. 🙂 ~ Anna

I thank God for calling me out of atheism and sparing me a life without Him. I beg for graces for those who have not yet come home, that they might enjoy God’s loving presence in their lives, too. ~ Misty

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Give Thanks, Give Your Life

It’s November! And while the air is filled with the smell of pumpkin spice, falling leaves and pigskin footballs, we, along with our family and friends, are drawn to the one day a year Americans collectively reflect on all for which we are thankful. We, as Catholics, are called to give thanks every Sunday at Mass. After all, the word “Eucharist” has a Greek root, which means thanksgiving.

So, we should count our blessings, be long in thanksgiving, have an attitude of gratitude and give thanks to the Lord for He is good (His steadfast love endures forever). But saying “Thank You, Lord,” while good and necessary, is not enough. How we really show our gratitude for God’s generosity is to have truly generous hearts. We all have received abundant gifts and blessings, but what do we do with them? Are we using them for ourselves or for our Lord?

In my experience working with college students and being a college student (it wasn’t TOO long ago), I find that one virtue absolutely worth exploring is magnanimity. A little less well known than the virtues of faith, hope and love, magnanimity means the reaching out of the soul to great things. “Magnanimity,” St. Thomas explains, “makes a man deem himself worthy of great honors in consideration of the Divine gifts he possesses.” I can’t help but recognize our Mother Mary at the beginning of the Gospel of Luke as the perfect example of this virtue. “The Lord has done great things for me, and Holy is His name,” Mary proclaims. She also said, “I am the handmaid of the Lord,” ready to do whatever He asks of her, ready to magnify His goodness with her soul.

The college culture suffers from a myriad of lust and sexual sin, a desire for gaining the most wealth with minimal effort, mindlessly following trends and a general sense of mediocrity and comfort. But we are not made for comfort, Blessed John Paul II tells us, we are made for greatness.

You are made for great things! Really great things, like committing yourself to a chaste relationship with your boyfriend, talking to a classmate/coworker about the Gospel or even leading a Bible study made up of your peers. At first, these undertakings and many like them seem nearly impossible, but I’m constantly amazed by the students who accept the challenges our Lord sets before them. With the whole world against them, they, like Mary, desire to tell of the greatness of God with their lives.

It’s not easy being this generous with our lives. “The soul may not have the strength to achieve these things at once, but if it takes its flight it can make good progress, though like a little unfledged bird, it is apt to grow tired and stop.” What is St. Teresa of Avila trying to tell us? We have to work to attain virtue, but must have the courage to “take flight.” We cannot give into pusillanimity, or faintheartedness. True, without Him, we are nothing and can do nothing. But with Him, as St. Paul reminds us, we can do ALL things…great things.

What is He asking you to do?

**Lauren Garcia is a missionary with the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) at the University of Texas at Austin. A 2010 graduate of the University of Nebraska, Lauren is a native of College Station, Texas. She loves reading, music and coffee. Visit her personal blog here.**