When you think of Thanksgiving, what comes to mind? Turkey? Pumpkin pie? Friends and family? Well, yes, all of the above!
Thanksgiving Day is, to be sure, a high point in American culture. While a handful of other countries have a similar day of giving thanks, it seems that this holiday is one of those hallmarks that makes our nation what it is. Through the wisdom and virtue of Abraham Lincoln, we now have an official day of reflection on the many blessings that God has bestowed on us personally and collectively, which encourages us to develop an “attitude of gratitude.” When we are grateful, we humbly acknowledge our dependence on our Creator and give him the glory that is his due.
Here at St. Scholastica Priory we celebrate with our Benedictine brothers from St. Mary’s, beginning the day with a Mass of Thanksgiving. This helps us to recall the One who gives us turkeys, pies and family, turning our gaze to him with a grateful heart. Then we can rejoice with every scoop of stuffing and cranberry sauce, “for everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving (1 Tim 4:4)”!