- Thursday, 26 November 2015 12:30
The act of gratitude is the first step of holiness. This is the teaching of great saints: Augustine, Aquinas, Benedict, Mom. Loyola spoke of the sin of ingratitude in strong terms. Why is gratitude especially important? For one, it reminds us that we don’t make ourselves. It reminds us that God is in-charge and that He loves us. As one commentator said, “The habitual practice of this first step [of Loyola’s teaching on the Examen that you start with gratitude for all that God has given,] opposes “spiritual amnesia” that the enemy tries to cause with desolation.” Jesuit Fr. John Navone writes, “Tell me what you remember, and I’ll tell you what you are (, S.J.). Another Jesuit, Fr. John Hardon, used to say “the human memory is like a sieve.”
Our asceticism is to create the space to consciously remember good things — the blessings thus becomes a first step; acknowledging them moves into thanksgiving. Blessings on Thanksgiving Day 2015!
- Wednesday, 20 November 2013 11:23
For those looking for an antiphon for Thanksgiving…
The text reads:
Dominus dixit ad me: vade et interfice a Turcia operretur, et servient in fratribus meis minimis. Et abii, et percussit Turcia, et praeparavit cibos fratribus meis servierim. Alleluia.
The Lord said to me: Go and kill a turkey, dress it, and serve to the least of my brethren. So I went and slew the turkey, dressed it and served to my brethren. Alleluia.
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Thanks to my friend, Father Fluet…
- Thursday, 25 November 2010 07:58
The year that is
drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful
fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed
that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been
added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to
penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever
watchful providence of Almighty God.
In the midst of a civil war of unequaled
magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite
and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations,
order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony
has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that
theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the
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