Gary Wright, SJ
Let Us Give Thanks to the Lord our God
The holiday coming up next week gives us “cause to pause” and remember the many things for which we can give thanks to God our Creator. Today, November 16, is the feast of Jesuit Saint Roch Gonzalez, SJ, and his companions, killed in 1628 because of their work with the indigenous poor in Latin America. On this very same date in 1989 six Jesuits and two co-workers were assassinated
by U.S.-trained military in El Salvador because they stood with the poor in their troubled country. We give thanks for the gift of their lives. In commemoration, nearly 2,000 people gathered this month for the 21st annual Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice
in Washington, DC, the largest annual Catholic social justice gathering in the U.S. The Teach-In attracts mostly young people from over 135 Jesuit and other Catholic universities, high schools, and parishes. As we give thanks for their commitment, we ponder how the martyrs and their Lord call us today to respond to those seeking refuge from the violence and crushing poverty of Latin America.
Take a few minutes this week to pray in thanks about your own life’s blessings – as well as the graces of our life together as a parish. This Sunday marks the 100th
Anniversary of our St. Catherine’s Chapel building. We give thanks for John and Michael Dinan who donated the building. We will reflect, with their gathered family descendants, on all the good that many generations of students and parishioners received from the generosity of these two men. We ponder: What could the Lord accomplish through us if we but give generously of our own finances as the Dinan brothers did? This Sunday is also World Day of the Poor, instituted by Pope Francis just one year ago. As we give thanks for his inspiration, we also give thanks for the miracle in our building today: the Pope Francis Center and its mission of compassionate service. What more, what new wonders does the Lord want to do through our “church for the city in the heart of downtown”? Many of us watched the “Unleash the Gospel” 2-minute videos
a week ago; we give thanks for the desire for spiritual renewal throughout the Archdiocese, and ponder our part in keeping the eternal light of Christ’s Gospel burning bright in our world today.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right and just! A blessed Thanksgiving to all.