Life on the Chrism Trail

Homily for Thanksgiving Day

November 25, 2021
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Fort Worth, Texas

Sirach 50:22-24
Psalm 145:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10-11
1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Luke 17:11-19

Amidst the violence and destruction of the American Civil War in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation establishing Thanksgiving Day as a national holiday. He wrote, “No human counsel hath devised nor any mortal hand worked out these great blessings. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.”

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Homily for Thanksgiving Day

November 26, 2020
St. Patrick Cathedral
Fort Worth, Texas

Sirach 50:22-24
Psalm 138:1-2a, 2bc-3, 4-5
Colossians 3:12-17
Luke 1:39-55

John’s leap was no ordinary movement of an unborn child, for in the words of Saint Elizabeth to the Blessed Virgin Mary, “as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.”

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