A Week of Giving Thanks

A week for Giving Thanks

By Sr. Margaret Hoffman, SND

Asked by the Pharisees when the Kingdom of God was to come,
he said, “The Kingdom of God does not admit of observation
and there will be no one to say, ‘Look here! Look there!’
For, you must know, the kingdom of God is among you.”
– Luke 17: 20-21

Gathering with family and friends we will be expressing gratitude for the blessings of this past year. Let us include the larger blessing to our country of the energy and commitment of the many people proactive in prayer and action to heal the many ills of our society and of the world.

Much of this important activity is hidden in the prayer and action of individual persons and small groups. More of it is to be found in efforts of writers and thinkers who contribute constructively to the public dialogue, and to the many non-profit groups who follow individual issues for the common good—e.g. water, energy, global climate, food immigration—all ways that we show our love and caring for life in all its forms.

Ask God to bless the progress toward a healed world that ordinary citizens can bring about: because of folks like you and me, bison are returning to the Great Plains; the Maope Paiute tribe has enabled the shutdown of a notoriously polluting coal plant in Nevada; the people of Dryden, New York have turned down oil and gas drilling in their town; the Spruce Mine, which would have dynamited thousands of acres of mountains and forests in the Appalachian region of West Virginia and dumped the waste into valleys and waterways, has had its permit vetoed; The Grand Canyon has been saved by a 20-year ban on uranium mining.

Take time over this holiday to bless our good God who brings us this brilliant time of autumn to reflect on his goodness. It will bring new energy to our minds and hearts for healing.

An old Zen saying reminds us:

“You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes a day, unless
you are too busy; then you should sit for an hour.”