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This Month in November: Giving Thanks with a Grateful Heart

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Fall is my all time favorite season! The color of the leaves, the smell of cinnamon and pumpkin spice, the taste of apple cider, doughnuts, and pies, and much more make this season special.

Another reason to love fall is Thanksgiving, celebrated in November. All anticipate the merry making and the scrumptious feast that family and friends will be partaking on Thanksgiving Day. Americans celebrate this day in remembrance of the historical meal shared by the Native Americans and the Pilgrims. Some however, have spiced this day up a bit by incorporating gratitude for all the blessings received making this day a “A Day to Give Thanks”.

My family is one that celebrates this day with a spice of extra gratitude. For there really is nothing that God has given that is not a gift. Our family, our friends, untangible and tangible possessions from our health to the food on our table all come from God’s goodness and love.

God presents us with gifts in different forms, in different wrappings at different times. Some gifts are more appealing than others and some gifts we might want to return (if only it came with a gift receipt) but nonetheless, these presents are lovingly chosen and wrapped by God. He knows exactly what we need.

This month we talk about gratitude and what it means to have a grateful heart. We will explore the role of humility in acknowledging God’s blessing and how being grateful leads to an over all happier life. We will look to our Blessed Mother for inspiration in accepting God’s Will with gratitude and acknowledge that all that we are and all that we have is a BLESSING.

Stay Blessed!

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