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Rector’s Message

 

 Dear People of God,

Thursday we celebrate Thanksgiving. It is a wonderful day and opportunity to give thanks to God for all His gifts. I would like to invite everyone to join in our Thanksgiving Day Masses—together may we give thanks for we do have much to be thankful for despite our struggles and pains at times in life.

Giving thanks occurs in many ways in our life and at different stages in our journey. I share with you a powerful “Thank you” written by an adult, reflecting on their childhood.

 

A message every adult should read, because children are watching us and doing as we do, not as we say.

 

When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw you hang my first painting on the refrigerator, and I immediately wanted to paint another one.

When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw you feed a stray cat, and I learned that it was good to be kind to  animals.

When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw you make my favorite cake for me, and I learned that the little things can be special things in life.

When you thought I wasn’t looking I heard you say a prayer, and I knew that there is a God I could always talk to, and I learned to trust in Him.

When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw you make a meal and take it to a friend who was sick, and I learned that we all have to help take care of each other.

When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw you give of your time and money to help people who had nothing, and I learned that those who have something should give to those who don’t.

When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you take care of our house and everyone in it, and I learned we have to take care of what we are given.

When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw how you handled your responsibilities, even when you didn’t feel good, and I learned that I would have to be responsible when I grow up.

When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw that you cared, and I wanted to be everything that I could be.

When you thought I wasn’t looking I learned most of life’s lessons that I need to know to be a good and        productive person when I grow up.

When you thought I wasn’t looking I looked at you and wanted to say, “Thanks for all the things I saw when you thought I wasn’t looking.”

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Give God thanks all day!

A Blessed Thanksgiving to all,

Fr. Greg

 

P.S. Wonderful news! Our Holy Name Cathedral turns 142 years old this Tuesday. The Cathedral was dedicated on November 21, 1875. The original church was destroyed in the great Chicago Fire in October, 1871. Plan to join at any of our daily Masses this Tuesday to give thanks. I truly give thanks to God for all of you.