I wanted to wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!
Every thanksgiving and every day of my life I always take time to practice what I call “Moments of Thanksgiving!” I do this a lot and it helps put things into perspective in my life. So let me give you some examples. I am thankful that I am a Catholic Priest. I am so very thankful that I am a Fire Department Chaplain and work with Firefighters. I am thankful that I am a Pastor. I am thankful for having a caring Bishop. I am thankful for having really great brother priests. I am thankful for the gift of each of my parishioners. I am thankful this morning that I got to celebrate Mass with a lot of parishioners attending. I am so thankful for the gift of living in the Town of Castle Rock. I am thankful and grateful that I was with a family at the hospital last night whose love for Ron was phenomenally beautiful. I am thankful that I have two great dogs Simi and Suzie. I am thankful that I drive a really cool 67 Ford Mustang that the Firefighters restored as a gift. I am thankful that I now get to restore a 1951 Mack Firetruck. I am thankful that ever since we received the gift of a Bell Tower that I can hear the Bells. I am thankful that I get to work with a Fr. Carlos, Deacon Tom, Deacon Richardl, Fr. Bill and a truly remarkable staff.
I would encourage you each day to practice “Moments of Thanksgiving!” and to have an attitude of gratitude for the many gifts that our God graciously pours out over us.
Thanks to each of you for making my life such a great life. You are a real blessing in my life!!!
Have a great Thanksgiving meal and somewhere along the line – take a nice nap!