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Dear friends,
Read the words of the original Thanksgiving Proclamation by Abraham Lincoln, October 3, 1863. I think it valuable at this moment in our history because it does not give thanks for victories won, but for the blessings of the land and for freedom. It does not conclude with a prayer for more victories or for defeat of the enemy. But it concludes with a prayer for humble penitence for those who suffer and for a prayer for healing, and for peace, harmony and tranquility. How appropriate to the country 153 years later. As we have seen over these last many months, and continue to see over these last days, we are in need of divine intervention, not only to heal wounds, but to enlighten a path by which reasonable people of good will can find solutions, not only to the problems our nations faces, but to the problem which is ourselves.

“The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defense have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of precious metals, have yielded even more than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camps, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increases of freedom. No human counsel devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union.”

This Thanksgiving, pray not only a prayer of thanks, pray a prayer that God open eyes, unclog ears and softens hearts. Join us Thanksgiving morning for the Eucharist and for the bread of thanks and unity which will be blessed and shared, with the hope that this symbolic action can be made real in our daily lives.
Happy Thanksgiving,
Fr. Ron

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