Thursday, November 26, 2009

A Thanksgiving Day Message for the CMH Family

Dear Friends:

In the very first Thanksgiving Day Proclamation, President George Washington wrote: “Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor…”

It is interesting to note that in President Washington’s view this day’s celebration is not merely civic in nature, but a day of faith-filled expression. It is even more interesting that, in the view of Washington, the act of giving thanks is both passive (to acknowledge and be grateful) as well as active (to obey and humbly implore).

My prayer for everyone in the CMH community is that we all realize the fullness of God’s graces and blessings in our lives, such that we can do no less that give Him our deepest thanks. My hope is that all of us recommit ourselves to a truly active faith which flows as a lived expression of thanks for all which we have been given.

As a community, CMH has much to be thankful for – great academics, outstanding accomplishments in sports, arts, and community service, and a CMH family who live their faith together as a family of hope. Following the proclamation of Washington, now we must move from passive intentions of thanks to active self-giving. In that way we will have even more to be thankful for next year.

Blessings to all of you on this Thanksgiving Day!

Our Lady of Memorial, pray for us!

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Very Reverend Paul Hartmann

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