November 24, 2019

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Give thanks.

Before rushing out the door, off to the television or into the kitchen to do the dishes, take a few extra moments to pray after dinner.

We give Thee thanks, almighty God,
for these and all Thy benefits,
Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
R. Amen.
May the souls of the faithful departed
through the mercy of God rest in peace.
R. Amen.

BENEDICTIO POST MENSAM Agimus tibi gratias, omnipotens Deus,
pro universis beneficiis tuis,
qui vivis et regnas in sæcula sæculorum.
R. Amen.
Anime omnium fidelium defunctorum
per misericordiam Dei requiescant in pace.
R. Amen.

My question is whether we should pray Grace After Meals between Thanksgiving dinner and dessert. We tend to take a polite pause between the two. The children may have been excused from the table to be spared the adults’ lingering at table. One or more uncles might have repaired to the couch to rub their (own) bellies or to take a quick nap. Perhaps the table needs to be reset for lack of space for all those pies. Do you pray after dinner? After dessert? After both? I can’t resolve that dilemma.

For those of us who will simply be grateful to have survived another awkward Thanksgiving reunion, I salute you. Be kind. Be patient. Be humble. Be prepared to have your buttons pushed. And be forthright. We might not be able to solve all the world’s problems but we might make a breakthrough. Listen first. Be peaceful. Keep in mind something of your adversary that makes you grateful. Always remember that you belong first and last to God.

God bless you!

Fr. Christopher J. Pollard

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Heb 13,8)