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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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Miguel Agustín Pro: 
		<i>¡Viva Cristo Rey!</i> (Long live Christ the King) were the last words Fr. Pro uttered before he was executed for being a Catholic priest and serving his flock. 
<p>Born into a prosperous, devout family in Guadalupe de Zacatecas, Mexico, he entered the Jesuits in 1911, but three years later fled to Granada, Spain, because of religious persecution in Mexico. He was ordained in Belgium in 1925. </p><p>Fr. Pro immediately returned to Mexico, where he served a Church forced to go “underground.” He celebrated the Eucharist clandestinely and ministered the other sacraments to small groups of Catholics. </p><p>He and his brother Roberto were arrested on trumped-up charges of attempting to assassinate Mexico’s president. Roberto was spared but Miguel was sentenced to face a firing squad on November 23, 1927. His funeral became a public demonstration of faith. He was beatified in 1988.</p> American Catholic Blog Virtues guide our behavior according to the directives of faith and reason, leading us toward true freedom based on self-control, which fills us with joy that comes from living a good and moral life.


 
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