November 22, 2017
Pope Francis tells us to live life with a grateful heart, and if we do every day will be Thanksgiving. In its simplicity this message is truly powerful! How can I live that “grateful heart”? What does it look like while I am stuck in bumper to bumper traffic, or when I am at the Stop and Shop parking lot and someone takes the space that I have been waiting for?
By definition gratitude is an emotion expressing thanks for what we have rather then what we want. Now, I may really want that good parking space at the Stop and Shop but I have two good legs and I can walk a few feet to the store, while in the car in bumper to bumper traffic, I can be grateful that I have a car for transportation and I do not have to rely on public transportation- getting around Long Island on public transportation would be impossible.
Pope Francis tells us that Thanksgiving is more than a day, it is a way of life. Each one of us has so much to be thankful for we need to focus more on what we have right in front of us rather than what we want that may be out of reach.
With that being said, I am grateful for all of you and your support of our food drive. The food that you sent in was sent to five neighboring parishes. It will provide meals for families who have needs. These needs do not only occur one day of the year, Jesus commands us to “Feed my Sheep”.
If you have not done so, please take an ornament from our giving tree. There have been over 700 requests for us to assist our neighbors this holiday season. Chose one with your child and shop together, what a wonderful message and life lesson you will be teaching them.
I am grateful for all of you who supported our adopt a family campaign this week. Your simple donation multiplied with everyone else here at Sacred Heart will go a long way to provide “magic” for the family.
As we journey into the holiday season, take time to reflect upon the blessings that God has given each and every one of us, see what you really “have” and try not to focus on the “I want”. Live with that grateful heart.
May the Blessing of Jesus be with all of us