22 NOVEMBER 2012. In this land of plenty, where our society often seeks--perhaps even idolizes--not only freedom from want, as epitomized in the famous Norman Rockwell painting, but also accumulation to excess of things, we take this time to give thanks. And, we of faith especially give thanks this day, as we do all days, for the gifts of God and His providential care. Our Lord Jesus Christ is with us this day and every day in the Holy Eucharist, and the Holy Spirit provides us continually with the care and assistance of the Lord. Our Lady, the Blessed Virgin, provides for all of us, her children, with the constant protection and aid of her prayer. And, we can rely on the prayers of all the angels and saints in heaven who sing of God's glory without end.
Offered in solidarity with our Holy Father Pope Francis, his prayer intention for March 2017:
Support for Persecuted Christians.That persecuted Christians may be supported by the prayers and material help of the whole Church.
BENEDICTUS XVI, PONTIFEX EMERITUS
Open Wide the Doors to Christ
My open request and invitation to all pastors, especially in the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee: please make the Sacrament of Reconciliation available regularly--at least more often than one hour on Saturday afternoon. Please dedicate 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. one weekday evening each week to the regular hearing of confessions.
Jody Finklea is a Lay Dominican, Roman Catholic father, husband and lawyer that lives in the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee. Jody is also a fourth degree Knight of Columbus and an alumnus of The Catholic University of America School of Philosophy.