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Fasting and Giving Thanks

Remain faithful until death,
And I will give you the crown of life.
Rev 2:10

Happy Thanksgiving!

After the huge turkey dinner and pumpkin pie have been consumed, we can get back to our fasting routine today! And leftovers always taste so much better after we’ve fasted for one day.

Remain faithful until death and I will give you the crown of life.

Jesus, in His own words, tells us to fast.

Do we complain on fasting days? Did we perhaps grumble yesterday, the day before the big meal-consuming holiday? Or were we able to embrace the sacrifice of fasting? When we are tempted to complain, we can try to stop ourselves and give thanks to God for all the blessings He’s given us.

Today, whether we’re shopping or avoiding the malls, whether we are staying home or visiting family, let us fast and pray for those less fortunate, for all the community prayer intentions and for all those who don’t have enough to eat.

Thanksgiving Prayer

Father in Heaven, Creator of all and source of all goodness and love, please look kindly upon us and receive our heartfelt gratitude in this time of giving thanks.
Thank you for all the graces and blessings. You have bestowed upon us, spiritual and temporal: our faith and religious heritage. Our food and shelter, our health, the loves we have for one another, our family and friends.
Dear Father, in Your infinite generosity, please grant us continued graces and blessing throughout the coming year.
This we ask in the Name of Jesus, Your Son and our Brother. Amen.

Holy Mary, pray for us! Holy Spirit, teach us to pray! Holy Souls in Purgatory, pray for us!

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