Throughout my ministry, I have been blessed to meet people on a regular basis who understand how generous the Lord has been to them and that this means they should, in turn, help those who are less fortunate. All year long, but especially around the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, I am humbled by the kindness and generosity shown to Mercy Home’s ministries. I see young children donating their allowances to make sure that the children of Mercy Home have a safe and loving place to grow up. I meet families who decide that instead of buying presents for themselves, they donate presents to the young people entrusted to our care. These extraordinary people remind me that there is no such thing as passive gratitude—it must be vividly lived with the knowledge that God blesses us so that we may then extend His mercy to others.
In this month of thanksgiving, as we celebrate our blessings and offer our thanks to God for the many ways he has blessed us, I encourage you to reflect on the true nature of gratitude and the role it plays in your life. I will do the same and count your presence in the Mercy Home family as a blessing to me, to our children, and to our Home.
I wish you and your loved ones all the blessings of this special time of year. Please remember the intentions of your fellow parishioners of the airwaves in your prayers and know that they are praying for you as well. And always know that my most heartfelt prayers are with you. Happy Thanksgiving!