November 24, 2021

In this issue

Thanksgiving: A Time for Reflection
We invite you to take this season of Thanksgiving to reflect upon the following questions, excerpted from "Make Thanksgiving special, take time to reflect," by Sr. Nancy Sylvester, IHM

The Native Americans gave the Pilgrims food in their time of scarcity.
  • What do you have that others need? What is the food needed at this time of scarcity?
  • What do you have that is needed by others? Is it money to buy food or clothing? Is it time to be present, to visit, to listen, to do everyday tasks? Is it an openness to receive what is being offered to you?
  • What is the scarcity in your life that needs to be fed? Is it the absence of love, friendship, or community? Is it a lack of hope for the future? Is it a feeling of malaise that things are out of control? Is it not experiencing God’s presence?
  • What is the scarcity in the life of the community that needs to be fed? Is it the lack of compassion for those suffering throughout our world? Is it keeping things separate and not seeing how everything is united and part of a whole? Is it not caring for the health and well-being of Earth?
  • What do you have that others need, and what is the scarcity that needs “food” in order to get past this winter?
When you have finished, pause. Take a few minutes simply to be with your reflections.
Then offer a prayer of thanks to God, present since the beginning, sowing seeds of love
and compassion, offering food throughout times of scarcity and celebrating with all creation.
Companions on the Journey: We give thanks for our Passionist Family!
Ten Questions to Ask at a Thanksgiving Gathering 
At Thanksgiving many of us find ourselves with people we rarely see or hardly know. In these kinds of situations meaningful conversation is often difficult.

Here are some questions designed not only to spark conversation, but dialogue relevant to the season.

When used with a group, one option is for each person to answer each question. Another is for each person to answer just one or two questions. Do not forget to explain the “why” for each answer.
  1. What is your favorite Thanksgiving food?
  2. What is the happiest Thanksgiving memory of your childhood?
  3. What do you enjoy most about the Thanksgiving holiday
  4. Who is the most consistently grateful person you know?
  5. What is the one experience for which you are most thankful this year?
  6. What is the one book, article or blog post for which you are most thankful this year?
  7. What is the one thing you have learned this year for which you are most thankful?
  8. If you could thank one person today—near or far, living or dead—for their influence on your life, who would that person be?
  9. Who is one person you have never thanked for their contribution to your life, but would like to?
  10. For what do you feel most grateful to God today?
Afterward, look for an opportunity to conclude the experience with a prayer of gratitude to God.

Copyright © 2014 Donald S. Whitney. All rights reserved. For more short, reproducible pieces like this, see WWW.BIBLICALSPIRITUALITY.ORG

“Accept your pains and other unpleasant things that happen. Be content with them and do not look for other penances.  These things are more pleasing to God because there is nothing of self in them.”
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