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We all know that Thanksgiving Day is more than shopping. I just received a prayer that begins ” I am thankful for the teenager who is complaining about doing dishes, because that means that she is at home and not on the streets”.. and continues  “I am thankful for all the complaining I hear about government because it means that we have freedom of speech. I am thankful for a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning and gutters that need fixing because it means that I have  a home.” Americans have come a long way since the first Thanksgiving with pilgrims and Native Americans celebrating the harvest. We need a holiday to take time out of our schedules to reflect on our many blessings. How much time are you going to spend this Thanksgiving with family and friends?  I recently observed a family of four at a restaurant and each one had a cell phone or iPhone.  They were focused only on their screens, not speaking to one another. How has life changed over the years? How has family time been compromised with so many distractions? Be thankful to God for your life and the life that we share with each and every person we come into contact with.

– Fr. Yetter

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