Posted here with Sr. Anne Elizabeth’s permission by Elizabeth Eilers Sullivan, Visitation Alumna
I prepared to write a blog about the concept and practice of leftovers, when lo and behold, Sr. Anne Elizabeth posted this inspirational blog on Wednesday at the Georgetown Visitation Blog. I promptly wrote her to request permission to repost as what she wrote spoke well. With a glad heart, she said post away! So a Happy Thanksgiving to all, may your gratitude abound in these days of leftovers, which will lead us into the preparation of the Advent Season.
As most of us in America celebrate the secular holiday of Thanksgiving, we might profit from adding a Christian flavor to our holiday and to all the days that follow.

“Dedicate yourselves to thankfulness. Let the word of Christ, rich as it is, dwell in you” (Col 3:12).

It is a good practice to pause as we celebrate Thanksgiving and to give thanks for the many blessings we have received. It is a better, practice, however, to make sure that the “leftovers” last all year long. Long after the last turkey sandwich (with stuffing inside) has been eaten and the remains of the pumpkin pie enjoyed, we might do well to savor the spirit of Thanksgiving in our daily life. Let us keep before our eyes, a deep sense of the Lord’s goodness to us in the many gifts we receive on a daily basis. Perhaps our Thanksgiving leftovers may last us the whole year through!
“Is it possible that I was loved, and loved so tenderly by my Savior, that He should have thought of me individually, and in all these details by which He has drawn me to Himself? With what love and gratitude ought I to use all He has given me?”
St. Francis de Sales
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Elizabeth Eilers Sullivan is a 1993 graduate of the Mendota Heights Visitation; she currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with her husband and three sons. She is a freelance writer who is passionate about motherhood and sharing Salesian Spirituality . We are happy to feature her here as a guest blogger from time to time.


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