Remember the I Love Lucy show? Remember Lucy and sidekick, Ethel, in the chocolate factory? And Lucy with a stout Italian peasant woman stomping grapes with their feet? Lucy and the woman end up wrestling to the bottom of the vat covered in purple grapes. Not just their feet but their whole bodies were covered in purple.
Dear Friends: Many people trace the American Thanksgiving back to the Pilgrims sitting down to Turkey and Cranberry Dinner with the Native American Wampanoag nation in Plymouth, MA in 1620. However, the official observance of Thanksgiving stemmed from a mandate from one of America’s greatest leaders and presidents, Abraham Lincoln. He reminds us of the True Source of blessing and healing. He decreed this holiday during the worst crisis in American history, in the darkest days of the Civil War.
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Today, the three saints we celebrate and the Gospel remind us that there are many ways to be “all in” for God and Jesus.
Why pray for the dead? Can we really help them with our prayers? Is there any warrant for this in the Word of God? Isn’t the final decision about eternal life made at the judgment each person will undergo at the time of death?
Saint John Lateran is the mother Church of Christianity, the physical sign of the incarnate Word of God in the world and reminder that we are living temples, not yet perfect, but temples nevertheless, to the glory of God.
“Now what will God say to those who are not good enough to enter heaven at once nor bad enough to go to Hell?” After a pause, a little girl put up her hand and said, “God will say, ‘I will be seeing you soon!’” (Fr. Elias Dias, SDB, Divine Stories for Families)