“It is the King of Heaven who gives us, year by year, the kindly fruits of the earth, and prepares our bread in due season. The past harvest has been a time of rich blessings over nearly all Christendom; from the greater portions of Europe, throughout the length and breadth of our own beloved land, come the glad tidings of food enough and to spare…Shall we not, then, lay aside our enmities and strifes, and suspend our worldly cares, toils and pursuits on one day in the year, devoting it to a public Thanksgiving for all the good gifts God has bestowed on us and on all the earth?”painted by James Reid Lambdin (1807-1889) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons[/caption]Finally in 1863, in the middle of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday. Thank you, Sara Josepha Hale, for your decades of efforts to have gratitude to our Heavenly King inscribed in our national calendar, that we might year after year gather together to celebrate with family and friends the blessings bestowed on us individually and as a country. Blessed be God. Find out more about the first Thanksgiving at www.plimoth.org. This Thanksgiving, how can we model for our families an attitude of sincere gratitude for all the ways we have been blessed?
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Rosemary Bogdan is a wife, mother of six adult children, and a grandmother. She homeschooled her children when they were young and currently substitute teaches at her favorite Catholic school. When not spending time with her family, Rosemary writes at A Catholic Mother's Thoughts and Catholic365.com.