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Reflections from a Thankful Heart

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My favorite holiday is less than two weeks away!  Thanksgiving has always been the most beautiful holiday for me!  I love that it is in the middle of the week where we are forced to slow down and spend some time reflecting on what we are most thankful for.  Since becoming a mom, this holiday has taken on an entire new meaning.  I knew that I wanted to pass my love for this very simple, yet beautiful holiday down to each and every one of my kiddos.  I still think that most of them would say their favorite holiday is Christmas, (which I also love), but they love Thanksgiving too! 

Thanksgiving for me is NOT a day of eating turkey and pumpkin pie.  I don’t even like turkey, and I despise Pumpkin Pie!  (Maybe I’m not American!)  It is NOT a day for me to sit around the table watching football…again, I don’t care for watching football, unless my son is playing!  It is a day where I get to slow down, begin the day with Mass, and follow it up by hanging out with those most dear to me.  I also spend a considerable amount of time reflecting upon the gifts God has given to me. 

When I got married and we had children I wanted to make sure that Thanksgiving was celebrated well.  That it wasn’t just a hold over for Christmas, but a very special holiday all by itself.  We began spending the entire month of November reflecting on what we are thankful for and sharing a special gift with each other each day.  We write down what we are thankful for each day and drop it into a jar and tell each other why we chose that item for the day.  By Thanksgiving, we have a beautiful jar full of wonderful graces that God has gifted us.  On that day we spend some time looking through the jar and giving thanks all over again. 

Friends, as you prepare for the joyous holiday of Thanksgiving I challenge you to start slowing down now and thinking of something you are thankful for each day until then.  Once Thanksgiving arrives your heart will have a disposition of thankfulness that is so necessary in our world today!  What we have, even our challenges, are gifts from God above.  May we embrace these gifts with love and give glory to him for all He has done, is doing, and will do in our lives!  Happy Thanksgiving my friends!

Happy Feast of Saint Francis Xavier Cabrini!
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Tara Brooke
28 June 2022

Wow!!!  Yes, that is the correct word to begin this blog post!  I think I am still in shock!  On the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus our country just experienced the overturning of an almost 50-year-old law regarding abortion.  Roe vs. Wade was overturned!  

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You're probably thinking what on earth do the letters above mean? Is it a typo? I heard this on the news on the radio this morning. It is the working motto of the chief executive of a call centre. This is his mantra to his staff who are trying to generate new customers by phoning them up.  When the other person either puts the phone down, ends the call abruptly or is just not interested, he wants them to go through this thought process. So what does SWSWSW-N mean? “Some will, some won't. So what! Next.” In other words, it's the philosophy that says, "if at first, you don't succeed, try, try and try again. In the words of Our Lord, “shake the dust from your feet." So, when despite all your best efforts to achieve something important by persuasion, advocacy or persistence, you just don't get anywhere, then SWSWSW -N might be a useful mechanism for emotional resilience to obstinacy. That's not an excuse to give up totally on individuals because the Lord never does, even if He has to wait and wait and wait. One day we may need patience and forbearance of another. So, let's never give the other an excuse to think SWSWSW-N. Edmund Adamus

 

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