We are reminded every Thanksgiving that gratitude is the heart of prayer and hearts filled with gratitude pray often. We Oblates find ourselves praying often in thanksgiving for our ministries, co-workers, volunteers, students and parishioners. We are grateful for the opportunities to celebrate Eucharist, baptisms, reconciliation, and the Rite of Christian Burial. We thank God for you and your support which makes all this ministry possible.
St. Francis once said:
You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working; and just so, you learn to love by loving. All those who think to learn in any other way deceive themselves.
This is the Salesian version of “practice makes perfect.” Practice often involves failure, but a tolerable failure because our intentions were good and our hearts sought to please the object of our love. The very attempt to love God is love of God. So let us be grateful this Thanksgiving for every opportunity to practice love and take a moment to thank those who have made loving us an ongoing practice.
In the spirit of love and gratitude, I thank you for your support of both our seminarians and senior Oblates. You enable us to maintain two senior-friendly residences for those needing safer environments and more assistance. You support other aging confreres in several rectories and houses. You also help us cover graduate school tuition not only for those preparing for ordination but younger priests working on advanced degrees.
May God’s love, which never misses its mark, be around you, upon you, and within you this Thanksgiving Season.
Sincerely in St. Francis de Sales,
V. Rev. Kenneth McKenna, OSFS, Provincial