Do we say “thank you” as often as we should? Probably not. Can we say “thank you” too much? Definitely not.
This is a holiday devoted specifically to thanksgiving. It started with the pilgrims, who (thanks to some Indians) managed to survive their first year in the New World despite terrible losses. I think of how much St. Philomena lost. She lost her comfortable home. She lost her parents. She lost her happy life, her friends. She lost everything except her faith and her life in Jesus Christ.
“Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as refuse, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him.” -Philippians 3:8-9
So as we prepare for this holiday of gratitude and thanksgiving, let us offer our hearts to God as our way of saying “thank you.”
-Courtney C. Filomena Lee