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From the Editor - Grateful for many blessings

Grateful for many blessings

By Charlie Wieser
From the Editor

Thanksgiving Day is far more than turkey, pumpkin pie and football.

As a youngster growing up in a traditional Catholic family, the holiday began with attendance at Mass. By beginning the holiday with the Lord, we were reminded that all our blessings come from God.

Dad and Mom always stressed that the family that prays together … stays together. This meant prayer was an important part of every holiday.

Another memorable part of Thanksgiving Day was sharing quality time with family and friends. Games were played and stories shared. It was truly a time of love and happiness.

As we prepare to celebrate another Thanksgiving Day, let's create new memories by sharing the feast with people who cannot be with their loved ones this year. As for our loved ones far away, let's pick up the phone and share some fond memories with them.

For me, Thanksgiving Day is a humbling time because it reminds me of the story of Jesus and the 10 lepers. Christ healed them all, but only one returned to thank him. So many times, I'm just like the nine healed lepers who failed to thank Jesus. Too often I take for granted the blessings in my life and my return to good health. I forget that six years ago I was near death and weighed only 114 pounds. A kidney transplant, anti-rejection drugs and a lot of prayers restored my good health, and I've been back on the job for more than five-and-a-half years. Every day is a blessing and I can't thank God enough.

So, this Thanksgiving Day, I'll enjoy my turkey, pumpkin pie and football, but before I do, I'll thank God for the gifts of life, good health, family, friends and faith.

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