Somebody once said that unexpressed gratitude is like winking at somebody in the dark. You know what it is all about but the person who needs to be thanked does not. We need to say thanks just as we should be ready to graciously accept another’s thanks.
Growing up in Ireland, one of the most popular phrases I heard as a child was “Thanks be to God”. Whether it was a successful harvest, a new baby in the family, a safe journey, a summer shower, a winter snowstorm, the mother-in-law gone home or a priest at the bedside of the dying—there was always something for which to be thankful.
Some ancient Celtic poet expressed this sentiment in a sort of colloquial Te Deum-
Thanks be to God for the rain and the sunshine,
Thanks be to God for the hail and the snow,
Thanks be to God when my pockets are empty,
Thanks be to God when again they overflow!
Gratitude usually is more predominate in people with a sense of humor. There are some people who complain that God puts thorns among the roses, but there are others who rejoice that He puts roses among the thorns. So it all depends on the way you look at things. If there is joy in your heart—which there will be if you have a sense of humor—then there will be gratitude as well. If God has a dwelling place apart from Heaven, surely it is in a thankful heart.
As we celebrate Thanksgiving Day, I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to Priests, Teachers, Lay Ministers—in school and C.C.D., to Parish and School Staff, Workers Volunteers, and indeed to all who contribute in any way to the well being of our parish family, be it by their encouragement, their concern, their time, talent, treasure or their prayers.
And last but not least, I thank God for all of you. May the Good Lord bless you and your families on this Thanksgiving Day and may the spirit of giving and sharing that first made this day possible ever remain alive in our midst.
Have a wonderful week and a blessed Thanksgiving.
I hope to see you at our special Thanksgiving Day Mass at 11:00 am.
Fr. Bryan Dalton, Pastor