Thursday, November 25, 2010

ST. CATHERINE OF ALEXANDRIA

Today’s saint was born in Alexandria, Egypt—a center for learning in the ancient world. According to tradition, she was a brilliant scholar who, once she became Christian, confounded the philosophers who debated with her. As a result and to silence her, she was sentenced to death. Pope John Paul II reintroduced her feast into the calendar, perhaps because he recognized the need for wisdom in our contemporary world. Wisdom has to do with knowing the nature of things and acting out of this knowledge. We know that we are creatures, that we are not God, and so we give thanks to our Creator for our existence and life. We show this thanks today, when our nation pauses to give thanks with a special holiday, by renewing the offering of ourselves, gratefully returning love for the love we have been shown.

Father of all gifts, we praise You, the source of all we have and are. Teach us to acknowledge always the good things Your infinite love has given us. Help us to love You with all our hearts and all our strength as our expression of thanksgiving for Your many blessings. Fill our hearts with this spirit of gratitude. Today, in particular, we remember that You fulfilled our founding fathers’ faith in Your divine providence by making and keeping us a land rich in the abundance of Your creation. Freedom, justice, and universal brotherhood are for us our precious heritage, but for countless people, in our midst and all over the world, they are still only a dream. May we be faithful in sharing this heritage with the living and transmit it to a people still unborn. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

thanx for giving me a view of st.catherine. this will really help me in the future. thanx again!

Helen Gonsalves said...

You are welcomed. God Bless.