An Advent Reflection on Thanksgiving

I spent Thanksgiving with my family, and we had an unexpected tragedy. My sister and brother-in-law lost everything in an electrical fire Thanksgiving morning at 6:30 AM. If you’re in the mood to donate for Giving Tuesday tomorrow, their Go Fund Me page is here.

Until next week, here is a reflection on how the Bible relates thanksgiving with praise and God’s presence that I did the Friday after Thanksgiving with Guadalupe Radio, and another show on How to Pray Like Mary with Brook Taylor over at Good Things Radio. 

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L – Listen (Receive the Word.)

An Advent Reflection on Thanksgiving

How to Pray Like Mary

O – Observe (Choose one or more of the following personality approaches to connect the passage to your life and recent events.)

F | Franciscan – The word eucharist means thanksgiving. As you receive the Eucharist this week, remember to thank Jesus for His gifts. Be specific and list as many as you can! 

I | Ignatian –  As you pray the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary, imagine yourself in the narratives of each mystery. Are you a by-stander or one of the participants? 

A | Augustinian – The word eucharist means thanksgiving. What does Psalm 116:12-13 add to your understanding of the theme of thanksgiving throughout the Bible?

T | Thomistic – The word eucharist means thanksgiving. The earliest use of eucharistia in the context of the Lord’s Supper is from the writings of Saint Paul. Paul uses a Greek form of the word eucharistia in 1 Cor 11:24 when he describes how the Lord’s Supper was celebrated:

And when he had given thanks (Greek: eucharistésas or “eucharisted”), he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me” (1 Cor 11:24).

Take a closer look, here, at how the early Church Fathers taught and understood the Eucharist. 

V – Verbalize (Pray about your thoughts and emotions.)

Remembering that He loves you and that you are in His presence, talk to God about the particulars of your O – Observe step. You may want to write your reflections in your LOVE the Word® journal. Or, get a free journal page and guide in the right-hand margin.

E – Entrust (May it be done to me according to your word!)


*Find out your prayer temperament with this quiz! LOVE the Word® exercises are offered according to FIAT: the four personalities, or “prayer forms,” explored in Prayer and Temperament, by Chester Michael and Marie Norrisey: Franciscan, Ignatian, Augustinian, and Thomistic: FIAT! These prayer forms correspond to the Myers-Briggs personality types.

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