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Washington Marquette (Located across from the Ramada Inn) O ddly enough, with so much abundance sometimes its hard to be thankful. At least it seems that way for me. Vickie and I have a comfortable home, but I wish we had a dishwasher. We have a safe and solid automobile, but I wish it could play streaming music from my iPhone. We have plenty to eat, but I want ice cream. Back in the years when I spent hours working in a newspaper dark- room, I would listen to a lot of talk radio. One of the hosts on a Christian talk station would often say we need an eternal perspective. By that he meant that we shouldnt focus on the present or the past, but keep our eyes focused on eternity with God. I believe that, but its hard to do. When I was a teenager I would mow grass for eight or 10 hours on a Friday in the scorching Arkansas summer heat, clean up and go out for hours with my friends, get up and do it again on Saturday and be in church on Sunday morning with more energy than I have on a Monday now. There are times when my feet are hurting and I want to sit down, when I wish I had the energy to do half the things I could do way back then. But while I cant do everything I want, Im still very fortunate in what I can do. I have to frequently remind myself that Im on a journey to eternity and try to keep focused on the prize ahead. And along the way, I should be thankful for the blessings of each day big and small. For instance, Im thankful my wife just got up and made two deviled eggs, one for each of us as a snack. Yep, shes from Memphis. Hmm, she should have made us some iced tea, but I guess thats not the point. Every morning Im thankful I get to see Lake Superior on the way work. And when I get out of the car in the office parking lot, I can see a stand of birch trees across the street. How can you not like seeing birch trees? Even better, I discovered that in the morning on the way to the office, when the sun shines on the back of our SUV it makes a shadow that looks like the head of Shrek, the animated movie character. The shadow from the rear view mirrors look like his ears. When you drive down Third Street in Marquette in the winter, on that downhill stretch before the post office, if you glance (keeping your eyes on the road) slightly to the right, you can see people skiing down Marquette Mountain. These may not seem like life-changing moments, but in a way they can be. We cant have a mountaintop experience every day, but we can notice and appreciate the little things. A friend calls these God winks. How awesome is that? May Thanksgiving bring you many blessings and God winks to last throughout the year! It's tough be thankful in times of abundance HERE AM I John Fee (CNA/EWTN News) - At the conclusion of the 2015 Synod on the Family, Pope Francis emphasized that the gathering had been about recognizing that society is founded on the family and marriage as the permanent union of one man and one woman. The synod, the pope said in his closing message, was about urging everyone to appreciate the importance of the institution of the family and of marriage between a man and a wom- an, based on unity and indissolubility, and valuing it as the fundamental basis of society and human life. This years Synod on the Family had the theme: The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and the modern world. The pope explained that the gathering was not about finding exhaustive solutions for all the difficulties and uncertainties which challenge and threaten the family, but rather about seeing these difficulties and uncertainties in the light of the Faith, carefully studying them and confronting them fearlessly, without burying our heads in the sand. Rather, he said, it was about listening to the voices of families and pas- tors, and seeing reality through Gods eyes to offer hope and encouragement in a world of frowing crisis and pessimism. Throughout the synod, Pope Francis said, the expression of differing opinions allowed for rich and lively dialogue and offered a vivid image of a Church which does not simply rubber stamp, but draws from the sources of her faith living waters to refresh parched hearts. He said, It was about showing the vitality of the Catholic Church, which is not afraid to stir dulled consciences or to soil her hands with lively and frank discussions about the family. The Churchs duty is to proclaim Gods mercy and love, calling call men to conversion and salva- tion, the Holy Father said. However, this does not detract from the impor- tance of formula, laws and divine commandments, he said. Indeed, it means upholding all the more the laws and com- mandments which were made for man and not vice versa. Pope Francis also referenced the 1985 Synod, speaking of the need for an incul- turation that transforms cultural values by integrating them in Christianity. Such inculturation, he said, does not weaken true values, but demonstrates their true strength and authenticity, since they adapt without changing; indeed they quietly and fradually transform the different cultures. In addition, the pontiff noted dogmatic questions clearly defined by the Church's Magisterium and spoke of the importance of defending the family from all ideological and individualistic assaults. Concluding, he quoted the words of St. John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI in emphasiz- ing the role of mercy in the Church. In effect, for the Church to conclude the Synod means to return to our true journeying together in bringing to every part of the world, to every diocese, to every community and every situa- tion, the light of the Gospel, the embrace of the Church and the support of Gods mercy! Pope: Synod was about affirming family, indissoluble marriage BOHUMIL PETRIK CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY Pope Francis blesses a newly married couple during the general audience in Paul VI Audience Hall on Aug. 5, 2015.

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