The holidays are fast approaching. It’s hard to believe that within a month we will have celebrated Thanksgiving! This is a time to reflect on our blessings- sure, there are the obvious: health, family, shelter and employment. What about the not-so-obvious? Freedom of religion & the opportunity to worship in either church comes to mind for me immediately. Now, hold this thought for a moment…..
I spent September 30 with my childhood friend, Anne. We were inseparable in church functions, sports and school activities until we graduated. We stuck together through “thick and thin” although competitive in many ways. We both became nurses and even though separated by many miles, have remained close.
On this day Anne told me she is battling relentless health issues and expects to be called to Eternal Life very soon. I asked if she had regrets and what would she have changed? She answered, “I would have said “thank you” to people I encounter on a daily basis; I would be less critical of others and I would ask for forgiveness when necessary”.
Now, back to my first thought! During the next weeks leading up to Thanksgiving (and hopefully thereafter), make it a point to say thank you to Fr. LeRoy and all priests, Deacons, servers, ushers, greeters, Eucharistic Ministers and choirs for the beautiful Masses that we attend. Remember to thank all the volunteers who work hard to make our church lives run smoothly.
When thanking people remember to include the staff of each parish for their help in our churches and the school. There is another dedicated group I wish to thank and they are the volunteers who take the Eucharist to our homebound parishioners, those who visit the shut-ins, make regular nursing home visits and those who make hospital visits. Every one of you, including those who sit in the pews and participate, is crucial to our parish life.
In this fast-paced, every changing world, a little kindness goes a long way. A word of thanks takes no effort, is free and takes only a couple seconds to say. The reward? You will see how great it makes you feel!
Thought for the week—There are different kinds of Spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different forms of service, but the same Lord. There are different workings, but the same God producing them in everyone. 1 Corinthians: 12:4