Happy First Sunday of Advent!
Today Phil was instituted a an Acolyte and Lector at St. Joseph's Co-Cathedral.
The children were able to bring up the gifts to give to Bishop Coyne. Miriam was so excited and said this was "one of the most important Masses of her life."
Here is the rest of November in Pictures:
Then we have Luke the Dragon.
Here's an action shot of our brave knight fighting the fearsome dragon to protect the princess while the blue monster looks on :-)
He went out trick-or-treating as a squire in training.
Luke was St. Florian.
Miriam was St. Bernadette.
And Thomas was St. Sebastian
Here's a group shot.
This is a gorgeous fall sunset - the view from our front porch.
A fall picture of our home.
Here are some of the Simple Saints I've been painting lately..
We had our first snow fall and the kids are loving it! They have been out in the snow almost everyday!
William was able to do a two day wood working shop this week with the Thanksgiving holiday.
For Thanksgiving we had friends come visit - the Kimani's, our friends the Queor's and our piano Teacher Mrs. Siegel. Unfortunately, I was too busy preparing/cooking/serving to get a picture of everyone but we had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Clara Kimani made this beautiful fruit basket for us!
This picture was taken while everyone was outside just before dinner time.
We have so much to be thankful for - God has blessed our family abundantly. In closing I'll just add a Thanksgiving meditation that I wrote many years ago, that we'll often read just before enjoying our Thanksgiving meal. May God bless each of you and know our prayers are with you!
A Thanksgiving Meditation
What does “Thanksgiving” bring to mind? Does it bring to mind the thought of the first American Thanksgiving…The voyage of the Mayflower, the first devastating winter for the Pilgrims, the help of the American “Indians,” and a celebration of God’s generosity in a bountiful harvest.
Perhaps you may reflect upon the many things we have to be thankful for such as a gift of new life, the answer to a prayer, coming to know more fully the vocation to which God has called you, the gift of faith, of family, of friends, of good health, of the many comforts we’ve been given, perhaps gratitude for the struggles God has given us the strength to overcome.
What about gifts you prefer not to be given … an acceptance of God’s will even when it is not easy, an acceptance of sickness and pain, even death and embracing it joyfully because this is God’s will and He can do much good through our suffering.
Everything is a “gift” from that first moment of conception, and the moment of our first breath until the moment we breath our last– how undeserving we are of all the gifts weare given…how little we do in return. Perhaps one turns to the “Giver” and ponders His amazing generosity - And then perhaps the greatest “Gift” comes to mind: God’s gift of Himself, to become man so that He could take our sinfulness upon Himself in the face of our ingratitude and Love dies on the Cross, conquers sin and death and gives us the gift of eternal Life – His own Life- that we had shunned and lost through disobedience.
Perhaps then we think of our choice each day to take this new life offered to us or to shun it and we realize that God knew human nature was weak and He gave us another gift - His presence in the Eucharist to sustain us. "The Eucharist, the sacrament of our salvation accomplished by Christ on the cross, is also a sacrifice of praise in thanksgiving for the work of creation. In the Eucharistic sacrifice the whole of creation loved by God is presented to the Father through the death and the Resurrection of Christ. Through Christ the Church can offer the sacrifice of praise in thanksgiving for all that God has made good, beautiful, and just in creation and in humanity." CCC,1359
God gave us a way to say Thank you: "The Eucharist is a sacrifice of thanksgiving to the Father, a blessing by which the Church expresses her gratitude to God for all his benefits, for all that he has accomplished through creation, redemption, and sanctification. Eucharist means first of all 'thanksgiving.'" (CCC, 1360) . “It is called: Eucharist, because it is an action of thanksgiving to God. The Greek words eucharistein 141 and eulogein 142 recall the Jewish blessings that proclaim - especially during a meal - God's works: creation, redemption, and sanctification.” (CCC,1328)