First let me wish a Happy Veterans Day to all who served in the military of our country, which includes my son and grandson in law. Also prayers for all who gave their lives that we might be free including my dad’s best friend killed in WWII in a B-17 bomber. I was named after him.
In our Gospel today Jesus heals the ten lepers. Only one of them, realizing he had been healed, returned to give thanks. This one was a foreigner. As we give thanks today to our veterans serving now and in the past, let us reflect on how often we give thanks to our God for all he has given us. Why is our thanksgiving so important to God? Because by showing gratitude, we justly return to God what he deserves. If we were to receive God’s gifts without giving thanks, we would be mere consumers of grace, incapable of giving back. When we give thanks, we are no longer just passive receivers, we become active givers.
So let us never be too busy to give thanks to our God. We give thanks to him in a special way when we receive his Body and Blood. Remember that the word to give thanks in Greek is EuXaristia. In English – Eucharist !!
DeColores, Deacon Doug
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We encourage you to join us as we recite the Holy Rosary every night at 8PM! On Wednesdays, we pray the rosary via Zoom with the rector and rectora.
Resources for those not able to attend Mass
Daily Readings in English and Spanish from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:
Prayers, readings for Mass, and additional spiritual readings are available at:
“Give Us This Day” a digital file of their periodical, which includes daily Mass texts. Visit GUTD.net and select “Digital” in the upper right of the screen.