Of all the things I’ve been given over the course of my life from parents, mentors, teachers, brothers and sisters, gratitude (or the importance of choosing it) is by far the most transformative. I have found that more than anything else, saying thank you and choosing to count everything as gift is the deepest, most transformative, simple, and profound means to living a fulfilled life.
Here in the United States, we celebrate Thanksgiving, a time where as a nation we look upon our past, present, and future with gratitude and hope. As Catholics in this country, we have much for which to be grateful. Many of us can trace our ancestry back a single generation, pointing to grandparents or great-grandparents who came here in search of freedom. They found a place to practice and live our faith. Some Americans trace their ancestors back to slaves who through struggle and perseverance found freedom and hope for the future.
Even in these difficult economic times, even with an apparent loss of a moral compass on the part of some people, even with the injustices we see but can seemingly do nothing about, we can choose to be thankful. In doing so, we create a dynamic that transforms each of us individually—and collectively—into persons, communities, and even a nation fulfilling its destiny in profound, even divinely inspired ways.
In that spirit, on behalf of all of us here at Franciscan Media, and especially those of us here in the Media Productions Department, wish you a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving. We thank you for supporting our efforts by using our programs and products AND for your prayerful and financial support. Our hearts and prayers are with you in gratitude this week and throughout the year.
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