The American custom of Thanksgiving Day has always appealed. Gratitude is such an attractive quality β€” one can almost hear the smile as one writes it. I have often wondered whether the habit of thanksgiving, along with plain religion and and a can-do spirit, are at the root of American philanthropy. Of course it helps to be blessed with material riches, but no one can accuse the U.S.A. of not being generous in its sharing with others. We have a Thanksgiving Day here in the monastery, the octave day of our foundation, when we thank God for our benefactors (you) and generally remind ourselves that everything is gift. That may sound trite to some, but saying thank you is never trivial. The most important act of Christian worship is the Eucharist, an act of praise and thanksgiving, saying thank you to God for the best of all gifts, Jesus Christ his Son.

A Greeting
We wish all our American friends a very happy Thanksgiving Day and assure you of our prayers.


3 thoughts on “Thanksgiving”

  1. Thank you! I have always appreciated Thanksgiving Day as it is a day here in America in which everyone partakes, regardless of creed or non-creed, and in our gratitude and thankfulness there is a great feeling of unity, one of the few days left in our modern life that is able to unify a country of great ethnic diversity.

    In thinking about what I am most thankful for today, I must add that I am very thankful for your presence on the internet- It is a touchstone of sanity and peace in a busy and confusing world. PAX!

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