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A SOLEMN DAY OF THANKS - Msgr. Jim Fetscher
Dear Family,
Please come on Thursday to give Thanks with your parish family. We will celebrate the Eucharist, THE act of Thanksgiving, at 10:00 a.m. Then we will have some pumpkin pastelitos and a few other snacks that won’t ruin your dinner …too much.

As I write on the 16th- early deadlines - we are in the first days of the aftermath of the tragedy in Paris. Words do not come easily although many will be spoken...

Perhaps trying to explain it to ourselves is the only way we come to the conclusion that evil can never be explained for anything but what it is, the absence of the love of God. When God’s love is absent, huge evils rush in trying to fill the immense void. What could be greater than God’s love? It’s the very immensity of God’s love that seems to require such unimaginable evil.

If God’s love is so immense, how is it possible for evil to even exist? We choose it. Look at Jesus. We must never forget that the choice of the evils of power and fear of losing control and religious legalisms all were evils that put Him to death.

Recall John 15:9-11: “As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.”

Ultimately, evil didn’t win then and it will not win now. In the face of evil that He overcame. “Jesus Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed.” The reason it did not win in His case was because He remained in His Father’s love. Then, he tells us that where two or three are gathered in His Name, there He is in the midst. That’s how God’s love is supposed to be present in our world now.

We must face the fact that when evil strikes like the evil we are seeing now, something has obviously happened to the plan Jesus had to spread the immensity of His Father’s love.

Are we failing to be his presence in the world? If our love for each other and the world flowed in response to how much we know we are loved, there would not be room for evil.

Naive? I don’t think so. What bothers me personally, is that my first response to the news of the bombings wasn’t a self-examination of how I am failing to love.

After I get through thinking about all the things I’d like to see happen to the evil-doers, maybe that exam and a little prayer could at least be my second response.

We are a pilgrim people. We are works in progress, etcetera… but we can’t let our unfinishedness become an excuse for what we don’t do. When we put ourselves on hold, the Devil fills the void… worldwide.

So… Lord, I give thanks that I’ll have people to gather with on Thanksgiving morning. I thank you for the family that taught me to pray, and the family that keeps me praying. I thank you for the soft things (e.g. dogs) that make the hard things bearable. I thank you for the compassion that allows me to grieve with people of Paris and all the other bleeding people constantly coming before us.
When all else fails, thank you for turkeys on sale.

In the name of your Son, our reason for thanks,

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