Thanksgiving, Today and Every Day

Today we celebrate Thanksgiving Day.  Many people will be gathering with family and friends over tables laden with delicious food.

It is good that we have a day on our annual calendar devoted to giving thanks. However, if we live our lives with the awareness that everything is gift from God, then every day is Thanksgiving Day.

An important step in the Ignatian Examen, something that has been part of my daily prayer for many years, is to review our day in gratitude. Dennis Hamm, S.J., suggests that we “walk through the past 24 hours, from hour to hour, from place to place, task to task, person to person, thanking the Lord for every gift you encounter.” The idea is to notice, as we look back over our day, all of the many gifts we were given over the course of the day. We recall quite specifically all of our gifts and we give thanks.

As we celebrate this Thanksgiving Day, let us also say a prayer for those whose tables will not be as laden with food as yours, who will go to bed as hungry tonight as they do every night.

I wish all of you a blessed day of giving thanks, today and every day.

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