November 27, 2013: Let Us Be Truly Thankful

~ by Mary Galvano

Thanksgiving is here again! Wow, time flies. Let us all stop and enjoy this special day with as much gratefulness as we can have. We have much to be thankful about, don’t we? When you pause to think about each thing God has given you, even in the midst of tribulation, how can you be anything but grateful? Every day give thanks to our Lord for all the good He has done, for we are nothing without him. Just as the song says, “count your blessing instead of sheep.”

It is people, family and friends that matter, not things. Remember, the food that we eat on Thanksgiving Day doesn’t mean a thing without people to share it.

Thanksgiving was never dull at my home growing up. Both my mom’s family and dad’s family would gather together under one roof. One side of the family was of Italian and one English/Irish. What a diverse combination! If any stranger walked in on us they would think we were yelling at each other but, we were just excited to be together. Our hands would be flying all over the place and we would have to talk loud enough to be heard over everyone else’s talking. The table was so long that it took up two rooms. At the end of dinner my father would get out his guitar and start singing Italian street songs. Anyone could join in singing! It seemed like everyone did, not only with voices, but also with clapping of hands and playing any instrument they could find lying around. It was noisy! Thank God for the noise! We were and still are truly blessed.

Family is God’s greatest gift and the reason for great celebration. It is the heart of our American Thanksgiving. Family comes in different forms though not just by blood. Our Father in heaven who created us makes us family through the Holy Spirit. There is so much in which to be thankful when we are blessed to have loved ones in our lives. As we admire the splendor of the harvest season, let us be thankful this year for the people God has placed in our lives. They are our family in Christ- God’s true and greatest harvest.

As the nation celebrates Thanksgiving Day we as Catholics get to celebrate thanksgiving everyday at Mass! The Greek translation of the word Eucharist means thanksgiving. How wonderful it is to know we have this awesome gift. God gives us His body and blood, soul and divinity in the Eucharist so He can always be with us, not just spiritually but physically, and to give us His love. This is a thing to be thankful for indeed.

Remember this on Thanksgiving, and always, to be truly thankful to God for the blessings in our lives, even the crosses, these are also blessings. The more we give praise and thanks to God the more we’ll begin to recognize our blessings. We will recognize all the good our Lord does for us on a daily basis.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Mary Galvano-Bajohr is a singer/songwriter, LPGA golf instructor, speaker and author. On the golf course she is a dedicated professional, but go to a Yankee game, a Pro-life event or other venue and you just might see her step up to the microphone and sing the National Anthem or the Ave Maria.

Visit Mary’s website at www.marygalvano.com.

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