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Celebrate Thanksgiving. Find Catholic thanksgiving prayers, read stories on giving thanks, and send e-cards.

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Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving Prayers
Share what you are thankful for during the Thanksgiving holiday with these special prayers: For Appreciation of Each Other, Prayer at Harvest, Thanksgiving Table Prayer, In GratitudeThanksgiving Prayer and Prayer of Thanksgiving.

Food, Family, Faith
Throughout the months of October and November, AmericanCatholic.org explored a variety of ways that the Thanksgiving holiday enables us to focus on food, faith and family, both in our homes and in the wider community. Click here for our stories.

Reflections on Gratitude
From AmericanCatholic Radio
Fr. Mark Thibodeaux talks about how Thanksgiving encourages us to reflect with gratitude on what is happening in our lives.





Saints at the Dinner Table 
from St. Anthony Messenger magazine
Looking for saints who shared her love of cooking, this mother discovered several whom she would like to invite to her house.

What Are Your Blessings?
from St. Anthony Messenger magazine
Here are some suggestions for ways in which we can remind ourselves that we are truly blessed.

Giving Thanks to God at Thanksgiving
Days observed and celebrated by secular society can be events to be used to make connection to important faith-related concepts for children and families. Jeanne Hunt, author of the St. Anthony Messenger Press Celebrating Saints and Seasons, suggests ways parents and teachers can make Thanksgiving come alive for children in faith-filled and fun experiences.


 


 



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Maria Goretti: One of the largest crowds ever assembled for a canonization—250,000—symbolized the reaction of millions touched by the simple story of Maria Goretti. 
<p>She was the daughter of a poor Italian tenant farmer, had no chance to go to school, never learned to read or write. When she made her First Communion not long before her death at age 12, she was one of the larger and somewhat backward members of the class. </p><p>On a hot afternoon in July, Maria was sitting at the top of the stairs of her house, mending a shirt. She was not quite 12 years old, but physically mature. A cart stopped outside, and a neighbor, Alessandro, 18 years old, ran up the stairs. He seized her and pulled her into a bedroom. She struggled and tried to call for help. “No, God does not wish it," she cried out. "It is a sin. You would go to hell for it.” Alessandro began striking at her blindly with a long dagger. </p><p>She was taken to a hospital. Her last hours were marked by the usual simple compassion of the good—concern about where her mother would sleep, forgiveness of her murderer (she had been in fear of him, but did not say anything lest she cause trouble to his family) and her devout welcoming of Viaticum, her last Holy Communion. She died about 24 hours after the attack. </p><p>Her murderer was sentenced to 30 years in prison. For a long time he was unrepentant and surly. One night he had a dream or vision of Maria, gathering flowers and offering them to him. His life changed. When he was released after 27 years, his first act was to go to beg the forgiveness of Maria’s mother. </p><p>Devotion to the young martyr grew, miracles were worked, and in less than half a century she was canonized. At her beatification in 1947, her mother (then 82), two sisters and a brother appeared with Pope Pius XII on the balcony of St. Peter’s. Three years later, at her canonization, a 66-year-old Alessandro Serenelli knelt among the quarter-million people and cried tears of joy.</p> American Catholic Blog Lord, may the medals we wear be constant reminders of the lives they depict. While wearing them, may we be blessed through the saints’ intercession and protected from harm. Help us to continue to spread the messages of Jesus and Mary and the saints and angels.

Conversations with a Guardian Angel

 
CATHOLIC GREETINGS
Birthday
Send a wish that each tomorrow of the coming year will be full of life and peace!

Mary's Flower - Columbine
Mary, let us follow your footprints. Even better, teach us to walk in your shoes.

Independence Day
Happy Fourth of July from Catholic Greetings and AmericanCatholic.org!

Name Day
No e-card for their patron? Don't worry, a name day greeting fills the bill!

Vacation
Enter the holiday spirit by sending an e-card to schedule a summer cookout!




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