Happy Thanksgiving Day (USA)

A Saintly Exhortation

Recognize to whom you owe the fact that you exist,
that you breathe,
that you understand,
that you are wise, and, above all,
that you know God
and hope for the kingdom of heaven.

You have been made a child of God,               
       co-heir with Christ.
Where did you get all this,
       and from whom?
What benefactor has enabled you
to lookout upon the beauty of the sky,
      the sun in its course,
      the circle of the moon,
      the countless number of stars
            with the harmony and
            order that are theirs,
            like the music of a harp?

Who has blessed you
with rain,
with the art of husbandry,
with different kinds of food,
with the arts, with houses,
with states,
with a life of humanity and culture,
with friendship and the easy familiarity of kinship?

Is it not God
who asks you now in your
turn to show yourself generous
because we have received
from him so many wonderful gifts,
will we not be ashamed to refuse him
this one thing only, our generosity?
  — St. Gregory Nazianzen

Thanksgiving Song by Mary Chapin Carter


About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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2 Responses to Happy Thanksgiving Day (USA)

  1. Barbara Lilly says:

    Liked , wish I had a large family. This is what it is all about., God bless and Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Vesita Lowman says:

    Love this Father, sometime we look beyond the beauty we have been given….we get so wraped up in ourselves…as the saying goes we can’t see the forest for the trees

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