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Thanksgiving is every season for Christians. In fact, the word "eucharist" comes from the Greek word for “thanksgiving.” In these weeks leading to the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, enjoy our special feature on some Thanksgiving themes. In our first installment, we share with you a recent visit to a local agency that combats hunger, the Cincinnati Freestore Foodbank.

Special Features
Cincinnati's Freestore Foodbank

The Freestore Foodbank and the "Cincinnati Cooks" Program

In our first installment, we share with you a recent visit to a local agency that combats hunger, the Cincinnati Freestore Foodbank.
There are similar agencies around the country. Cincinnati’s Freestore Foodbank is growing, unfortunately, from growing hunger in our community. In the United States, in fact, 14.4 percent of U.S. adults, and 22 percent of U.S. children lack adequate nutrition.

The Freestore Foodbank has a number of programs. The one everyone expects is the free food for needy families. Churches, schools and individuals around our region have food drives or make financial contributions to the Freestore.

The Freestore itself operates a new, professional kitchen that doubles as a training school for future professional cooks as well as a kitchen providing wholesome meals to needy children.

Enjoy the videos and other features that follow in this series. May they challenge you to go out and learn about services in your own community. We are a eucharistic people. As we focus on thanksgiving this year, let us not forget the words of Jesus: “Whatsoever you do to the least of these, you do to me.”








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Emmanuel Ruiz and Companions: Not much is known of the early life of Emmanuel Ruiz, but details of his heroic death in defense of the faith have come down to us.
<p>Born of humble parents in Santander, Spain, he became a Franciscan priest and served as a missionary in Damascus. This was at a time when anti-Christian riots shook Syria and thousands lost their lives in just a short time.</p><p>Among these were Emmanuel, superior of the Franciscan convent, seven other friars and three laymen. When a menacing crowd came looking for the men, they refused to renounce their faith and become Muslims. The men were subjected to horrible tortures before their martyrdom.</p><p>Emmanuel, his brother Franciscans and the three Maronite laymen were beatified in 1926 by Pope Pius XI.</p> American Catholic Blog Lord, your mother gave us the rosary to save us from the evil world. Help us to spread her devotion. Help us to honor her request that we pray the rosary. Help us meditate on your life and the grace of salvation you bring us.


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