Keep your eyes
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November 23, 2017
(Col 3:15-17) And
let the peace of Christ rejoice in your hearts, wherein also you are
called in one body: and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in
you abundantly: in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in
psalms, hymns and spiritual canticles, singing in grace in your hearts
to God. All whatsoever you do in word or in work, do all in the name of
the Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
YOUTUBE: Want to be happy? Be grateful
DR. TAYLOR MARSHALL: 6 Interesting Catholic Thanksgiving Facts You Need to Know
ALETEIA: The first Thanksgiving in America was a Catholic Mass
id you know that the first “thanksgiving” meal in the United States was
not celebrated by the Pilgrims in Plymouth, but by Spanish settlers, in
what became Florida? And that first “Thanksgiving” was Eucharistic!
Historian Dr. Michael Gannon narrates the events that took place on September 8, 1565.
“When the first Spanish settlers landed in what is now St. Augustine on
September 8, 1565, to build a settlement, their first act was to hold a
religious service to thank God for the safe arrival of the Spanish
fleet… After the Mass, Father Francisco Lopez, the Chaplin of the
Spanish ships and the first pastor of St. Augustine, stipulated that
the natives from the Timucua tribe be fed along with the Spanish
settlers, including Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles, the leader of the
expedition. It was the very first Thanksgiving and the first
Thanksgiving meal in the United States.”
The Spaniards, with food that they brought with them on the ship,
prepared the communal meal. According to records, the meal would have
consisted of salted pork, garbanzo beans, ship’s bread and red wine.
This account of the first “thanksgiving” reflects what was found in
Father Francisco’s memoirs. In it we read, “the feast day [was]
observed . . . after Mass, ‘the Adelantado [Menendez] had the Indians
fed and dined himself.’” The feast celebrated by the Spaniards was that
of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s birthday, a day in the Church calendar
that follows nine months after the feast of the Immaculate Conception
of Mary on December 8 (which just happens to be the patronal feast of
the United States of America).
The meal “may have also included Caribbean foods that were probably
collected when Menéndez stopped to regroup and resupply at San Juan
Puerto Rico before continuing to Florida… If the Timucua contributed,
it would likely have been with corn, fresh fish, berries, or beans.”
Additionally, before the Mass was celebrated, “Father Francisco López,
the fleet chaplain…came ashore ahead of Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, the
leader of the founding expedition, and then went forward to meet
Menéndez holding a cross… Menéndez came on land, knelt and kissed the
cross.” This historical event reminds us that the Eucharist (from the
Greek that literally means “thanksgiving”) is the primary way to offer
thanks on Thanksgiving Day, followed by a meal shared in a spirit of
fraternity. Let God be a central part of your holiday! As Americans
this is our heritage, one that we hope to pass on to the next
BLOG: The Eucharist as Thanksgiving:
The Greek word for Thanksgiving is Eucharistia. Catholics
should not only celebrate Thanksgiving with a deep sense of prayer,
gratitude and joy, but the celebration this day should lead us to
remember that our lives as Catholics are a constant act of
thanksgiving, through our daily activities, all of which should give
glory to God, especially through the celebration of the Eucharist,
which, as the Catechism says, “The Eucharist is a sacrifice of
thanksgiving to the Father, a blessing by which the church expresses
her gratitude to God for all his benefits, for all that he has
accomplished through creation, redemption and sanctification. Eucharist
means first of all ‘thanksgiving.’” (Catechism of the Catholic Church).
CHURCHPOP: The Miraculous Story of the Forgotten Catholic Hero of the First Thanksgiving
of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 20- "On bodily vigil"
3. A vigilent eye makes the mind pure; but much
sleep hardens the soul.
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