DEAR LORD, HOW HAVE YOU BLESSED ME? LET ME COUNT THE WAYS…..

Tomorrow, Thanksgiving Day, and Friday are day off for EWTN so this column may be quiet. I might post something on Facebook if an event warrants it so stayed tuned for that. In any case, check in!

I will be celebrating and giving thanks at 10:30 Mass at St. Patrick’s Church and then partake in a grand turkey lunch (with a few Italian elements thrown in!) at the North American College. U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See Callista Gingrich will read the annual Presidential Proclamation on both occasions. My friendship with the priests, seminarians, faculty and staff of the Pontifical North American College is another of my great blessings.

DEAR LORD, HOW HAVE YOU BLESSED ME? LET ME COUNT THE WAYS…..

Dear Lord, how have you blessed me? Let me count the ways…..

My wonderful family, my beautiful faith, my ocean of friends, the friends throughout your great universe whom You have brought into my life.

Does a day pass that You do not bring some unique, new person into my life? The newest member of my wonderful, large family? A friend from another country? Another wonderful seminarian or priest added to the many who have made my life and my faith so fulfilling? The list is so very long!

Does a day pass that I am not enriched and blessed by some amazing event that You placed in my path as a learning moment, a time of prayer, a period of silent Thanksgiving?

You blessed me at my baptism when You brought me into your beautiful Catholic Church and a faith to which I have always tried to be faithful.

You have blessed me by enriching that faith over the years, allowing me to work for You every day, to bring your Word and your teachings and your Truth to so many.

My words, by comparison, are very insignificant but truly heartfelt. I am filled with both thanksgiving and joy as I write these words, as my mind’s eye overflows with images of each family member, of friends here in Rome and around the globe, of the magnificent events that daily fill my life.

I sign most emails and letters with “God bless,” and then on another line “Joan” – but I read it silently as “God bless Joan.”

And You have blessed me! Heartfelt THANKS!

And Thank You FOR THE BEAUTY OF THE EARTH
For the beauty of the earth,
For the beauty of the skies,
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our grateful hymn of praise.

For the beauty of each hour
Of the day and of the night,
Hill and vale, and tree and flower,
Sun and moon and stars of light,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our grateful hymn of praise.

For the joy of human love,
Brother, sister, parent, child,
Friends on earth, and friends above,
Pleasures pure and undefiled,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our grateful hymn of praise.
(Part of a Christian hymn composed by Folliott S. Pierpoint (1835-1917)

DOMINICAN SISTERS TO SING AT WHITE HOUSE CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING

DOMINICAN SISTERS TO SING AT WHITE HOUSE CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING

As our four founding Sisters stepped out in faith 21 years ago to begin a new community of women religious, they envisioned spreading the witness of religious life across the country. Indeed, God has affirmed their act of faith by providing abundant opportunities to fulfill that vision.

In a spirit of thanksgiving, we are excited to bring “Christ to the Capitol” as our Sisters sing selections from our latest CD, Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, at the White House for the 96th Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting on November 28!