Thanksgiving Message From Father Gregory
"Come, ye thankful people, come,
Raise the song of harvest home:
All is safely gathered in,
Ere the winter storms begin.
God, our Maker, does provide
For our wants to be be supplied;
Come to God's own temple, come,
Raise the song of harvest home."
The words of the familiar old hymn remind us that Thanksgiving is a holiday deeply rooted on our national experience, which unites both our sense of ourselves as a nation and as a people of faith. Our country has been blessed with some of the most abundant resources (both natural and human) of any nation in the world. In these days, when we see such distressing pictures of refugees who are left with virtually nothing (whether possessions, homeland, or the possibility of a decent life), we are made more and more aware of the plight of so many in our world, and we are called to meet the challenge of such inequities by rededicating ourselves to promoting peace and justice for all peoples.
Thanksgiving always falls on the threshold of Advent, that beautiful season of the liturgical year, which evokes a strong sense of longing for the Lord, that He might come to save us and deliver us from the shadow of sin and death.
This Thanksgiving, let us ask God to stir the hearts of the leaders of the nations, to work together to bring about a world of greater peace, stability and justice, that more and more people may be able to enjoy the fruits of their labor, and the blessings of the abundance of creation.
Father Gregory Mohrman, O.S.B., '76