What the world is in particular need of today is the credible witness of people enlightened in mind and heart by the word of the Lord, and capable of opening the hearts and minds of many to the desire for God and for true life, life without end.”
Pope Benedict XVI, Apostolic Letter, Porta fidei, October 2011
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Today, in the United States on this last Thursday of November, we celebrate Thanksgiving. It is a day reserved for the people of our nation to give thanks to Almighty God for his providence and for the many blessings bestowed on our great nation and people. Though not a Catholic holiday, we Catholics know it is our duty and our salvation "always and everywhere" to humbly give thanks to God. We "lift up our hearts" to the Lord, for it is "right and just." We wish also to give thanks to our readers. We know there are 115 countries represented to-date from all of you who follow My Daily Bread: A Reason2bCatholic blog. The top 10 nations represented are: United States, Ireland, United Kingdom, Canada, Philippines, Poland, China, South Africa, India, and Australia. For all of you, spread throughout the globe, we're very grateful. We will continue to pray for you each day. May the Lord bless you, protect you from all evil, and bring you to everlasting life. Amen. Spread the Word! Spread the faith. For words of Wit & Wisdom from the Presidential Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1877, please enjoy below. Peace be with you! Author, Reason2bCatholic
Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; for His steadfast love endures forever.”
A Day of thanksgiving
Rutherford B. Hayes, 19th President of the United States of America
The completed circle of summer and winter, seedtime and harvest, has brought us to the accustomed season at which a religious people celebrates with praise and thanksgiving the enduring mercy of Almighty God. This devout and public confession of the constant dependence of man upon the divine favor for all the good gifts of life and health and peace and happiness, so early in our history made the habit of our people, finds in the survey of the past year new grounds for its joyful and grateful manifestation.
In all the blessings which depend upon benignant seasons, this has indeed been a memorable year. Over the wide territory of our country, with all its diversity of soil and climate and products, the earth has yielded a bountiful return to the labor of the husbandman. The health of the people has been blighted by no prevalent or widespread diseases. No great disasters of shipwreck upon our coasts or to our commerce on the seas have brought loss and hardship to merchants or mariners and clouded the happiness of the community with sympathetic sorrow. In all that concerns our strength and peace and greatness as a nation; in all that touches the permanence and security of our government and the beneficent institutions on which it rests; in all that affects the character and dispositions of our people and tests our capacity to enjoy and uphold the equal and free condition of society, now permanent and universal throughout the land, the experience of the last year is conspicuously marked by the protecting providence of God and is full of promise and hope for the coming generations.
Under a sense of these infinite obligations to the Great Ruler of times and seasons and events, let us humbly ascribe it to our own faults and frailties if in any degree that perfect concord and happiness, peace and justice, which such great mercies should diffuse through the hearts and lives of our people do not altogether and always and everywhere prevail. Let us with one spirit and with one voice lift up praise and thanksgiving to God for his manifold goodness to our land, his manifest care for our nation.
Now, therefore, I, Rutherford B. Hayes, President of the United States, do appoint Thursday as a day of national thanksgiving and prayer; and I earnestly recommend that, withdrawing themselves from secular cares and labors, the people of the United States do meet together on that day in their respective places of worship, there to give thanks and praise to Almighty God for his mercies and to devoutly beseech their continuance.
Credit: Rutherford B. Hayes († 1893) was the 19th President of the United States of America. This text is the Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1877. / From Presidential Thanksgiving Proclamations, 1870-1879, Pilgrim Hall Museum, 1877. https://pilgrimhall.org/pdf/TG_Presidential_Thanksgiving_ Information herein posted under the "rules of fair use" to foster education and discussion in accordance with Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976.
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.“
When the desire for God touches men’s hearts the world will be made anew. For a man is called to be another Christ. What the world is in need of today is real manhood in the image and likeness of God Incarnate, Jesus Christ. Men: This is the challenge of our time. It is the challenge of our Age.”
Faith resembles a lamp. As a lamp lights the whole house, so the light of faith illumines the whole soul.”
Saint John Chrysostom
Mary, Seat of Wisdom, pray for us.
Be not afraid! And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always. Holy Family, pray for us. Amen.