Catholic Things

Giving Thanks


This week in the States, we celebrate Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving began for me on Friday with my dad, aunt and uncle, and grandparents. It continued on Saturday with some of my mom’s family. And it’ll continue this upcoming Thursday (Thanksgiving itself) with my mom, step-dad, and step-dad’s family.

For the longest time, Thanksgiving has been one of my favorite holidays. And there are a few different reasons why this is the case:

  • I get to see family. And many of these family members, I only see a few times a year. And sometimes, this is the only time throughout the year that I see these family members.
  • The feeling outside. I normally don’t like the cold. And the sun going down so early messes with my mind. But, for some reason when it comes to Thanksgiving, I like these things.
  • Christmas is coming. Christmas has to probably be my favorite holiday. The music. The lights. The decorations. The special Midnight Mass.
  • Just overall one of my favorite holidays and times of the year.

But what do you think this holiday is for?

I think the name says it all: it’s a time to think about what we’re thankful for. And here are some of the things I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving (in no particular order):

  • Family
  • Friends
  • Having received an education (Catholic schooling and four years of university)
  • A roof over my head
  • Food
  • Water
  • Living in a country where I can chase my dreams and pursue whatever career I’d like to pursue
  • Having a faith that pretty much allows me to do that as well (for the most part)
  • Clothes
  • Technology
  • Access to healthcare and the medication I need
  • A car to drive
  • The ability to pay for the gas for said car
  • Being able to practice my faith freely
  • And the list could probably go on for a bit longer.

But, where do you think all these things come from?

Do they come from us? The people around us? The things we own? The things we do? Our station in life? The people we know? No.

They come from God.

God placed us where we are for a reason. We may not understand why we are where we are at the moment, but I think we will eventually.

God may be teaching us a lesson or introducing us to people. He may be showing us His love. He may be trying to get us to trust Him or get to know Him better.

The challenge I’m about to give you is super cliche and I personally struggle with it. But I think it’s something that we can all work on doing.

Until next time!



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