It is Thanksgiving week, and we are all getting ready to eat too much and to feel guilty about it afterward. We say that we will start a diet soon to lose the pounds that we put on during the holidays, and we tell ourselves that we will begin an exercise program as well. We are grateful for the friends and family we have, for the good times we have shared, and we are a little embarrassed that at times we have messed up. We are also grateful for the possibility of new beginnings. Such is the spirit of the times.
As it turns out, in this liturgical year, Thanksgiving falls between the Feast of Christ the King and the First Sunday of Advent. In the liturgy for Christ the King we think about our lives – both the good and the bad parts of them. Even more, we recognize God’s unconditional love of each of us. After Thanksgiving on the First Sunday of Advent, we realize that with God there is always the possibility of starting again with a clearer focus and a better future.
This liturgical period is a fine metaphor for what we desire for ourselves and for our students at Verbum Dei. We are all grateful for the lives that we lead and for the goodness that we experience all around us. We all realize that sometimes we fall short in our appreciation of the gifts that we have been given. Yet students especially come to realize that the “Verb” is a place where there is always the possibility of finding the help they need to begin again and to meet the challenge to succeed and to have a bright future.
To the family of Verbum Dei: students, faculty, staff, donors, corporate partners and friends, Happy Thanksgiving and many blessings for the future.