26 November 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

A very Happy Thanksgiving to all of my readers in the U.S.A.!

My readers, commenters, critics, book benefactors, prayer warriors (oh-rah!), spiritual mothers/fathers, spiritual son/daughters, all those who help to keep me on the straight and narrow and help to push and pull me through that %$#@ eye of the needle--you are all on the top of my list of those for whom I am deeply grateful!

Also on my list of those for whom I am grateful, all of those professors in my long academic history who have endured my procrastination, my weird mood swings in theory and focus, my often-time inexplicably bizarre writing style, my monkey-mind antics--Ann F.-W., (The Dissertation Director), Ellen G., Doug R., Deborah B., Chris F., Barry H., Michael M., Rick P., Jean DeB., Pat W., Denis M., Simon G., and many others who would probably rather just forget the whole nasty business!

On a list all her own is my Italian language teacher, Sabina! For her good cheer, determination, patience, and her willingness to lie to my face and tell me what a good Italian student I am, I give God thanks!

And on a list all to themselves are Mom & Pop, Andy & Marilyn, Megan & Melanie, Patrick H., Perry S., Michael K., and Rudy B. . . .those who know me and love me in spite of knowing me so well.

Being grateful builds humility.
Humility is necessary for prayer.
Prayer is the best way to God.
God is the Source of our blessings.
Therefore, bless God with your gratitude!

Here's a list of great poems for gratitude. . .

Fr. Philip, OP


  1. Happy Thanksgiving Father! And thanks for your blog. I learn a lot...all the time, even if I don't always comment.

    Oh...and you MAY enjoy my most recent post inspired by the Summa...

    I, for one, and deeply thankful for the Summa... in humor and in all seriousness!

  2. Happy Thanksgiving Fr. thanks for the late nights and early mornings you have squeezed this work in between compline and your morning prayers,


  3. Anonymous6:18 AM

    Happy Thanksgiving, Father, and thank you for all the wonderful work you do here at this blogsite.

    Paul Primavera

  4. Anonymous8:23 AM

    Happy Thanksgiving, and thanks from a Canadian reader who's also learning a lot from your blog!

    Patricia Gonzalez

  5. Is there Thanksgiving in Rome?

  6. Happy American Thanksgiving, Father! I'll eat an extra helping of French's Green Bean Casserole for you!

  7. Happy Thanksgiving Father!!

    I am thankful for you and ALL your answers to my myriad of questions....