Thursday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time, Thanksgiving and “Fratelli Tutti” 🚵 Pilgrimage #50

Come before the Lord, singing with joy.

Today’s Pilgrimage from Home to Medi-Park ( 🙏 for those who have to work, like my awesome RN wife, retailer son and those in the hospital on this Thanksgiving Day.) To St. Mary’s Cathedral and back Home

50. On today’s  🚵‍♀️ pilgrimage the question for contemplation is,  “Can I seek the truth in dialogue, in relaxed conversation or in passionate debate”???




Information without wisdom

Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of Washington, center, is pictured with other U.S. bishops during a Mass at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls in Rome in this Dec. 3, 2019, file photo. In a Zoom interview from the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he is in quarantine before the Nov. 28 consistory, Cardinal-designate Gregory talked about the importance of dialogue for the church and for the United States. (CNS photo/Carol Glatz)

 …i often do not answer the call for perseverance; which entails moments of silence and suffering, and can patiently embrace the broader experience of individuals and peoples instead of  wanting, “to throw out of the family of faith people with whom (i) have disagreements”

A young woman reads during Pope Francis’ celebration of Mass on the feast of Christ the King in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican Nov. 22, 2020. A Vatican official told Catholic News Service that Pope Francis’ decision to change the date of the diocesan celebration of World Youth Day was made to address the pastoral needs of local churches. (CNS photo/Stefano Dal Pozzolo, pool)
The word “COVID-19” is reflected in a vaccine drop that dangles from a syringe needle in this illustration photo Nov. 9, 2020. (CNS photo/Dado Ruvic, Reuters)

…i get to thinking that the flood of information at my fingertips makes for greater wisdom than, “the mystery of Jesus Christ”

…to me wisdom is born of quick searches on the internet, or a mass of unverified data; even if it, “is an inaccurate portrayal of Catholic moral teaching”

…i’m looking for an easy way to mature in the encounter with truth as i search for “comfort in the face of desperation and abandonment being experienced due to the pandemic and other difficulties”… 

Mexican Cardinal Carlos Aguiar Retes conducts an online service via YouTube and television at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City March 22, 2020, after churches were closed during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. Mexico’s bishops, the Mexico City government and other religious and civil authorities have announced the closure of the basilica Dec. 10-13, 2020, due to COVID-19 concerns. Normally an estimated 8 million pilgrims visit the basilica for the Dec. 12 feast of the national patroness. (CNS photo/Henry Romero, Reuters)

…my conversations revolve only around the latest data; they become merely horizontal and cumulative as i,  “fail to keep (my) attention focused, to penetrate to the heart of matters, and to recognize what is essential to give meaning to (my life)”

Pope Francis leads his general audience in the library of the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican Nov. 25, 2020. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)

…freedom thus becomes an illusion that i am peddled, easily confused with the ability to navigate the internet; thus distracting me from the reality that “people need hope, encouragement, and presence”

Bishop Jaime Uriel Sanabria Arias prepares to celebrate Mass at the parish offices of Nuestra Señora de los Dolores Catholic church on Providencia island, Colombia, Nov. 22, 2020. Five of the island’s six churches were damaged beyond repair in Hurricane Iota. (CNS photo/Cody Weddle)
Adam Cadena, a United Food Bank volunteer, takes emergency food bags and places them in boxes at the United Food Bank warehouse in Mesa, Arizona, in this April 16, 2020, file photo. (CNS photo/David Wallace, Reuters)

This is a very serious and real question.

Bishop Patrick J. Zurek, A Reflection on Christian Life, August 28, 2019
That Thanksgiving Dad wanted a homemade pecan pie, but Mom, who is no amateur in the kitchen, told him they were to hard to make. Dad took that as a challenge and his first ever attempt at making a pecan pie was perfection!

“I knew your father. You are nothing like your father!”

Bishop Patrick J. Zurek

Among the many things that I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving Day is this declaration that His Excellency made to me during the only sit-down conversation I ever had with him. It has led me to create this blog in which I have a way to develop a virtue that Dad personified; the ability to combine being clever with innocence!

The Lord therefore counselled the disciples to be not simply clever or innocent; rather he joined the two qualities so that they become a genuine virtue.

A homily by St John Chrysostom

On this Thanksgiving Day bicycle pilgrimage, as we bless the God of all, who is good to all, and to whom we give thanks always (for this is the will of God for us in Christ Jesus); I pray that, like the foreigner, who returned to give thanks to God, I become a Catholic who understands that the process of building fraternity, be it local or universal, can only be undertaken by spirits that are free and open to authentic encounters by being an “uplifting presence”!!!

Hymn of the Day

Scriptures for Thanksgiving Day

And now, bless the God of all,…

SIR 50:22

R.    (see 1)  I will praise your name for ever, Lord.

The LORD is good to all


I give thanks to my God always …

1 Cor 1:3

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

In all circumstances, give thanks,

for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

1 Thes 5:18

“Has none but this foreigner returned…

Lk 17:18

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