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"AND BE YE THANKFUL"

Our nation and the entire world remains in the grip of pandemic. No surprise at all that the stress-cracks and fractures of society are being laid bare before us. How important it is in our daily prayers to be asking God for the particular graces of patient endurance and of courage-for-facing-life. How important it is also for us to foster more and more the spirit of gratitude. In Colossians Chapter 3 the Apostle Paul exhorts with these words of encouragement: 

And let the peace of Christ rejoice in your hearts, wherein also you are called in one body. And be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you abundantly; in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual canticles, singing in grace in your hearts to God. All whatsoever you do in word or in work, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him. (Col. 3:14-17) 

How can we expect God to help us and deliver us from our trials if all we find is cause for complaint in this existence? 

I want to share with you here an occasion for giving thanks. Recently I received news from Anne Sophie du Halgouet in France. We have been praying for the father of the family Tanguy du Halgouet for months now after he received a dire cancer diagnosis. After a course of very difficult medical treatment, including a partial leg amputation, Tanguy’s cancer is in remission. With Anne Sophie’s permission I am happy to share with you also some current photos of the family: parents Tanguy and Anne-Sophie, and children Etienne, Laetitia, Guillaume, Matthieu and Heloise. Let us thank God with them for this favor and join in our prayer together for Tanguy’s complete deliverance from cancer. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mary Immaculate of Lourdes is Newton and Needham Massachusetts's oldest Roman Catholic Parish. Founded as Saint Mary's Parish in 1870 it was renamed "Mary Immaculate of Lourdes" when the new Church was dedicated on Thanksgiving Day, 1910. In addition to being a regular territorial parish of the Archdiocese of Boston it is also a "Mission Parish" since 2007 with a special apostolate for the Traditional Latin Mass (1962 Missal).

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