Thanksgiving Blessings: Edelweiss and the Doxology

Thanksgiving Table (Photo by Richard C MIller - Getty)

Thanksgiving Table (Photo by Richard C MIller – Getty)

Our family tradition for Thanksgiving grace is sung to the tune of  “Edelweiss” from the Sound of Music. The Von Trapp family at the festival performed the forbidden national anthem as they prepared to escape the country.

Bless our friends,
Bless our food,
Come, O Lord, and sit with us.
Make our talk glow with peace
Come with your love to surround us.
Friendship and peace may it bloom and grow,
Bloom and grow forever.
Bless our friends, bless our food.
Bless our dear land forever.
 

The Doxology

When we celebrate with the family of one of our married children, they sing the doxology, a familiar hymn to both Protestants and Catholics. It’s the last verse of the hymn, “Awake My Soul,” by Thomas Ken in 1674, taken from Psalm 57.

Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

What we are thankful for

Wherever we are, after dinner we take turns around the table expressing one or two things we are thankful for. This starts out being sentimental and ends up being hilarious. We leave the table laughing.

What are you most thankful for this Thanksgiving?

(© 2013, revised 2017 Nancy H C Ward) 

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Friars Corner: Jesus rewards his friends

Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR

Have a Blessed and Safe Thanksgiving.

Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-21, 30-31; Ps 128:1-5; 1 Thes 5:1-6; Mt 25:14-15, 19-21

Now, at the next to the last Sunday of our church year, we look at the rewards we can expect from our good works in the kingdom of God. Flowing from the thrones of our Father and Jesus in heaven are rivers of “living water,” Revelation 22:1-2.

The saints in heaven are enjoying their rewards from the good works they spread in helping others while on earth. We call these the physical and spiritual works of mercy.

We are God’s fruit trees here on earth and can bear good fruit each month through our good works that help others. The living water from heaven comes down to us on earth in streams of divine power (grace) in the sacraments and our daily prayer life. By these means we receive more divine power (grace) to grow in virtue (doing our daily duty as men and women of God and helping others). Our fruit moves more in the realm of using the natural talents we were born with and the divine power we received from the various sacraments of Christ’s church. That divine sacramental power helps us perform good works. Continue reading

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Joy Story: Finding Jesus in the Eucharist

By Greg Wasinski

As a lifelong Catholic, I spent many years going through the motions of Mass, catechism class, sacramental preparation and prayer without allowing myself to appreciate the beauty of our faith. 

During an adult period of my life, I even drifted away from going to church altogether. So often, even when I was present, I had zero realization or respect of the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.

Disconnected

I allowed myself to be disconnected. I didn’t have the desire to encounter him and accept his unconditional love found through his sacrifice and resurrection in the Eucharist. I didn’t appreciate the gift before me in the person of our Savior. Little did I know, his body and blood would become my point of conversion back to the faith I was baptized in to. A fall morning Mass in Ordinary Time changed everything for me. Not what I believed, but what I experienced. Continue reading

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A retreat to remember

2017 CWG Retreat Top: Rebecca Willen, Pat Abood, Kathryn Mulderink, Jean Ewing, Cheryl Wills and Joe Cillo. Bottom: Tim Neboyskey, Rhonda Ortiz, Dena Hunt, Nancy Ward, Thora Wease, Sr. Teresa Cardinez and Theresa Alt, photographer. Missing are Lori Crock, Leslie Lynch, Margaret Rose Realy, Elizabeth Scalia and Patricia Sheahan-Hollyer

2017 CWG Retreat, top: Rebecca Willen, Pat Abood, Kathryn Mulderink, Jean Ewing, Cheryl Wills and Joe Cillo. bottom: Tim Neboyskey, Rhonda Ortiz, Dena Hunt, Nancy Ward, Thora Wease, Sr. Teresa Cardinez and Theresa Alt, photographer. Missing are Lori Crock, Leslie Lynch, Margaret Rose Realy, Elizabeth Scalia and Patricia Sheahan-Hollyer

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The camaraderie with other writers at the Catholic Writers Retreat was exciting and the speakers encouraging. The space and time to write was a breath of peace in my over busy life. We had plenty of time slots designated for writing and a critique group of ten writers in various genres.

I wrote a couple of short pieces and two book proposals and loved journaling in the chapel. I got to know and love several new friends and a couple of writers I have networked with on projects for several years.

This would have been enough joy for any retreat. But wait, there’s more! For me, the highpoint of the retreat wasn’t on the schedule of activities, but on the map of the 98-acre site. A walk along the three Natural Cathedral Walkways. No need to look over my shoulder or anticipate what I needed to do next. Here on this long, leisurely walk, I felt the presence of the Lord beside me with the trees bending to pray over us. After a while, bright sunlight appeared and the path widened into a meadow surrounded by gardens. At that magic junction, I experienced a preview of my walk into heaven. Continue reading

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Friars Corner: New Wisdom of Jesus for our life

Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR

Wisdom 6:12-16; Ps 63:2-8; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 25:1-13

Since it is Veterans Weekend, let us pray for  all our veterans, their families and all those placing their lives in danger to keep us safe each day. A Chaplet of Divine Mercy might be helpful.

Dear Holy Spirit, please help us understand these scriptures in the} light that we are almost at the end of our Liturgical year.

Each year in our Liturgies we relive the life of Jesus Christ from beginning to his “return” to heaven at the Ascension. At the Sunday Liturgy, the readings are arranged in a three-year cycle to further open up for us a greater range of Bible texts. This year has been from cycle A readings. At this part of the year, we have been reading from the end of Matthew’s gospel. Continue reading

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St. Philip’s: The Gift of Conversion

The Gift of Conversion presentation for Women’s Guild of St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church, Dallas, Texas (Photo by Carmen Julia Marroquin)

How many of you are converts?

How many of you are cradle Catholics?

Who has experienced a renewal of their faith?

With these questions, I opened my presentation to the Women’s Guild of St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church in Dallas, Texas. The women were gracious and became intent listeners due to the noisy refrigeration unit nearby. With no microphone, I almost shouted my talk, which claimed their attentiveness.

A shaky music stand had to do because no podium was available. In the middle of my presentation, the music stand began to collapse. I held onto it like a long Popsicle stick so my iPad with my notes wouldn’t go flying! The Holy Spirit and my guardian Angel did double duty that evening.      Continue reading

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