This year, Thanksgiving week starts right after the formal conclusion of the Year of Mercy. How do we incorporate what we have gained from the prayers, talks, readings and reflections that most of us took part in during the year to shape the way we think about and celebrate Thanksgiving?
So much of our Thanksgiving pivots around what fills us with satisfaction and a sense of sufficiency. Like most people, my gratitude is tightly wrapped around all the good things or blessings in my life.
It isn't difficult to look at the world today and be left with profound feelings of uncertainty, uneasiness and concern. Our global perspective provides many instances of real human tragedy and suffering. For example, we might point to the migration crisis or the persecution of Christians taking place in many parts the world and quickly realize the challenges we face.
By Joseph Kenny | firstname.lastname@example.org | twitter: @josephkenny2
This fall is bringing the best in good sports and faith-filled sports personalities to St. Louis.
One of the appearances is on Tuesday, Nov. 15. Former Baltimore Raven Matt Birk will be the keynote speaker at the Vitae Foundation Pro-Life Event in St. Charles. Birk was the headline speaker at the March for Life this year, giving a powerful witness to the value of life.
It's almost as if November's Mass readings were written for election-weary Catholics, with their foreboding tones and calls for "perseverance" and "endurance" amid distress.
"They will seize you and persecute you," St. Luke warns.
"Let us then throw off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light," St. Paul exhorts.
Polls confirm what Facebook makes clear: Americans were disgusted by this presidential campaign. And when the two primary candidates registered record highs in unfavorable ratings, it was clear many would be unhappy no matter the victor.
Since the 1200s, the Roman Catholic Church has honored the faithful departed, and now we focus each November to remember the souls who have died. To that end, the members of the permanent diaconate community of the Archdiocese of St. Louis use this time to recognize their departed brothers and sisters — the wives of our deacons.
Just before the sun peeked over the horizon, a group of ducks circled overhead. A few greeting calls and a feed chuckle kept them interested for a pass. Then another. Then another.
Eight shots. Five ducks.
This stewardship of wildlife gets in the blood. It's exhilarating, the food is good, and it helps manage wildlife — the whole "dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air" thing (Genesis 1:29).