A year of thanksgiving

A chalice and host are seen in a Thanksgiving display at St. Joseph Church in Lincoln, Neb. The holiday, celebrated Nov. 23, commemorates the Pilgrim’s celebration of a good harvest in 1621. CNS/Cathy Blankenau Bender

What’s not to love about Thanksgiving? Its beauty is its simple, yet profound premise: We need to pause and give thanks, especially to God. And so we gather with family and friends, count our blessings, and re-commit to sharing them.

Our gratitude lists should be long, for there are gifts at every turn, every breath. Here at The Catholic Post, it is our joy to share blessings in every issue. Page through just this one edition and you’ll find dozens of reasons to give thanks.

As a Thanksgiving project, we pored through each issue of the past year to find one blessing to feature. The difficulty was in selecting just one. For the privilege of sharing the stories of God’s action in our diocese, we are deeply grateful.

Thank you, God, for . . .

Dec. 4, 2016 — Bishop Jenky’s teaching on “Choices”

Dec. 18, 2016 — the devotion of our Spanish-speaking Catholics

Jan. 1 — the hope of a new year

Jan. 15 — witnesses to the sanctity of human life

Jan. 29 — our outstanding Catholic schools

Feb. 12 — all who support and read The Catholic Post

Feb. 26 — the “yes” of consecrated women

March 12 — Lent and the beauty of the church calendar

March 26 — the service of the Knights of Columbus

April 9 — 15 years of Bishop Jenky’s leadership

April 23 — the new Catholics of our diocese

May 7 — the inspiration of three ‘pedaling priests’

May 21 — the service of Rosminians and Salesians

June 4 — Father Lee Brokaw and 26 new deacons

June 18 — the catechists in our parishes and schools

July 2 — Jesus’ presence in the Holy Eucharist

July 16 — our religious freedoms

July 30 — Emmaus Days and Totus Tuus

Aug. 13 — the joy inspired by the Holy Spirit

Aug. 27 — wonders of creation, including eclipses

Sept. 10 — generosity shown after disasters

Sept. 24 — the shared blessings of adoption

Oct. 8 — the witness of our long-married couples

Oct. 22 — the love of the Blessed Virgin Mary, our Mother

Nov. 5 — the memories of our deceased loved ones

What’s on your list? Take the time to create one this Thanksgiving. — Thomas J. Dermody

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