November 21, 2016 – From Sr. Toby Lardie and Sr. Carole Anne Griswold
In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thess 5:18)
This month of November brings us several annual themes. Every year at this time we are invited to remember those who have gone before us as we celebrate the cloud of witnesses from our families, sisters, and friends who now rest in peace with God. In these past two weeks we have also commended two more of our own to eternal life, Sisters Noreen and Consolata. We have shared stories and listed their many accomplishments and we have met people whose lives they touched during their earthly journey with us. We have been deeply blessed by their lives and can trust that they will continue to intercede for us.
Who are the people who have touched your life?
Whose lives have you touched by your daily faithfulness?
November is also marked by local, state and national elections, and we have witnessed a particularly violent campaign with protests that continue across our land.
How will we offer the witness of our lives in these trying times?
How will we stand as people of nonviolence and peace?
How will we model what we desire to see? And perhaps most importantly, November is a month for giving thanks for all we have received, for the abundance that God pours out on us – for family, for community, for the gifts we are to one another, for the resources available to us. Like Mary in her Magnificat, may our souls proclaim the greatness of God, because God has done great things for us, and holy is God’s name.
For what in your life are you most grateful and in your gratitude you proclaim God’s greatness? Have a very blessed Thanksgiving!