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Deo Gratias


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Deo Gratias is Latin for “Thanks be to God.” Remembering to give thanks for all of our blessings, big and small, helps us to find God in our everyday moments and gives us an attitude of gratitude! Colleen at Thoughts on Grace has organized this meme and you can contribute by clicking here. This week I’m thankful for:

  • For a winter that’s been milder than usual even though today’s its quite cold.
  • For Lent and Ash Wednesday. It is and should be a hard time, but Christians are in this together, side by side working on their relationship with God and reviewing how they live their lives. I like seeing people around town with the black smudges on their heads.
  • For my library. This winter I’ve used it so much. Not just for books and DVDs, but I tried out the Great Books Club and may have made a new friend there. I also have been going to a great yoga class there and today saw an afternoon movie for free.
  • For the assisted living place my aunt is now in. She’s gotten used to this arrangement and it’s clean and cheerful. She doesn’t do them, but there are activities available. (The only thing I’d grumble about is the horrid food. You don’t need to cook broccoli for half an hour.)
  • For the chance last week to visit my cousin who’s 83 in Florida. Her husband of 60-some years died in 2015 and while Ann is so cheerful and outgoing, it’s been a tough year for her. I missed our visits but got to go there for a few days.

Deo Gratias


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Deo Gratias is Latin for “Thanks be to God.” Remembering to give thanks for all of our blessings, big and small, helps us to find God in our everyday moments and gives us an attitude of gratitude! Colleen at Thoughts on Grace has organized this meme and you can contribute by clicking here. This week I’m thankful for:

  • The lovely mass I attended at Northwestern University. What a great community! The priest’s words were so thoughtful.
  • Pope Francis’ book The Joy of the Gospel, which I just finished reading. There’s something for everyone. So inspiring and practical.
  • My friend Kasia. I’ve known her since high school and we rarely can get together. We had a nice, long lunch this week.
  • My friend Kevin. I worked with him years ago and we’ve stayed friends. We have different political views but can discuss issues civilly. Also, he finds all these interesting places to visit and books to read. I always come home enriched with a long list of things to do.
  • For this long vacation, which has given me time to visit my aunt while she’s in rehab about 6 days a week. I know it can get boring in these places.
  • One more – for the film Forbidden Games. It’s set in WWII and shows how children coped with the war. The child actors were so natural. A simple and stunning film.

Deo Gratias


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Deo Gratias is Latin for “Thanks be to God.” Remembering to give thanks for all of our blessings, big and small, helps us to find God in our everyday moments and gives us an attitude of gratitude! Colleen at Thoughts on Grace has organized this meme and you can contribute by clicking here. This week I’m thankful for:

  • The caregivers who’re helping my aunt get better and caregivers the world over who provide kind, patient care.
  • A mild-ish winter.
  • The play, Rapture, Blister, Burn. I’m not sure it intended to, but it’s made me want to read Phyllis Shaffley’s work.
  • Warm apple cider – a great winter drink.
  • That my mother’s doing well in her recovery from back surgery and that my father is well and has taken on so much care-taking, which is outside his comfort zone.

Deo Gratias


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Deo Gratias is Latin for “Thanks be to God.” Remembering to give thanks for all of our blessings, big and small, helps us to find God in our everyday moments and gives us an attitude of gratitude! Colleen at Thoughts on Grace has organized this meme and you can contribute by clicking here. This week I’m thankful for:

  • A warm house on these cold days. It’s frigid outside and I know some people must battle the cold in the winter. I’m grateful to have a warm, cosy home.
  • The Joy of the Gospel by Pope Francis. I saw this book on the new book shelf at my library and had to check it out. I’ve read about 20% of it and love it. It’s full of wisdom and challenges for Catholics. I really think every Catholic should read it and it would be best if each parish hosted a discussion group about the book.
  • The quiet of the post Christmas season. I’ve become grateful for the days after Christmas that are quiet and still close to the holiday. The nativity is still fresh in my mind and something I can reflect on as our home decorations are still up. Sad to say, but in December Christmas gets lost in the shuffle all too often. Now that the shopping and secular holiday thrills are gone, I feel I can savor the most important aspects of Christmas.
  • Christmas hymns. This is the best season for singing at mass. I love all the songs: O Come, O Come Emmanuel, Silent Night, O Come All Ye Faithful, The First Nowell, etc.
  • Old friends. I’ve been able to meet up with a few old friends now that I’m back in the US. It’s a joy to chat and share with people I’ve known so long.

Deo Gratias


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Deo Gratias is Latin for “Thanks be to God.” Remembering to give thanks for all of our blessings, big and small, helps us to find God in our everyday moments and gives us an attitude of gratitude! Colleen at Thoughts on Grace has organized this meme and you can contribute by clicking here. This week I’m thankful for:

  • The gathering of friends this evening to celebrate Thanksgiving in China.
  • My students who’re pleasant to teach.
  • That my mother’s recovering from back surgery pretty well and that her care has improved.
  • Good health for family and friends.
  • The discovery of old films (The Kid, City Lights, and so many more) and books (by Ernest Poole, Zola, Horatio Alger, etc.)  that are high quality and don’t require that I compromise my beliefs (as too many modern works seem to).

Deo Gratias

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Deo Gratias is Latin for “Thanks be to God.” Remembering to give thanks for all of our blessings, big and small, helps us to find God in our everyday moments and gives us an attitude of gratitude! Colleen at Thoughts on Grace has organized this meme and you can contribute by clicking here. This week I’m thankful for:

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  1. The “chat and chew” dinner I just attended. Alexis, 15,who’s here with her mom, cooked a lot of scrumptious food: soup, chicken, rice, salad, and lots more. It was fun to chat with everyone in a homey environment.
  2. The gorgeous fall weather. Yes, fall with its slightly lower temperatures and leaves that are beginning to turn is gorgeous.
  3. A week of vacation. We had a week off for National Day. My travel plans fell apart, but it was fun to rest.
  4. That Hong Kong’s patriots are still alive. God bless them as they seek to choose their own candidates as promised in 1997.
  5. The goodies we had at high tea on Saturday. Yum!

P.S. I’m asking for prayers for my mother who will have back surgery this afternoon.


Deo Gratias

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Deo Gratias is Latin for “Thanks be to God.” Remembering to give thanks for all of our blessings, big and small, helps us to find God in our everyday moments and gives us an attitude of gratitude! Colleen at Thoughts on Grace has organized this meme and you can contribute by clicking here. This week I’m thankful for:

  1. Weather Goldilocks would love: Not too hot, not too cold.
  2. The Keys to the Kingdom, where Gregory Peck plays a priest who’s sent to China to rekindle a mission that died out.
  3. My new colleagues, many of whom seem willing to explore and enjoy China.
  4. The progress I’m making on my writing. Thank you God, I know my new ideas are coming from you. I hope the project glorifies You.
  5. My mother who had a birthday on Monday.

Deo Gratias

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Deo Gratias is Latin for “Thanks be to God.” Remembering to give thanks for all of our blessings, big and small, helps us to find God in our everyday moments and gives us an attitude of gratitude! Colleen at Thoughts on Grace has organized this meme and you can contribute by clicking here. This week I’m thankful for:

 

  • A safe return home from China. It’s good to see family and friends.
  • The national art museum in Beijing. It’s free and before I left I got to see some new art. Yes, some was just weird, but there was enough that was my cup of tea.
  • My nephew Robbie. It was his birthday yesterday and it’s great to see him growing and getting so mature and, I think, wise. Knock on wood, my nieces and nephews have the wisdom to avoid the excesses American teens succumb to.
  • My aunt is doing fairly well and in good spirits after suffering from a stroke a few weeks ago. She’s had a rough time with cancer last year and now a stroke. She’s such an inspiration and joy to have in my life.
  • I’ve said this before, but it’s still so important to me — the library. I got back there my second day home and have loaded up with books for my summer writing project.

Deo Gratias

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Deo Gratias is Latin for “Thanks be to God.” Remembering to give thanks for all of our blessings, big and small, helps us to find God in our everyday moments and gives us an attitude of gratitude! Colleen at Thoughts on Grace has organized this meme and you can contribute by clicking here. This week I’m thankful for:

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  • Warm weather and a safe return to Jinan.
  • Two new classes for the spring semester. Both seem to have lots of cheerful, eager students. What a difference that makes!
  • Five new teachers, who have shared some great ideas and seem to be engaged and responsible. It should be enriching to work with them. I hope I develop friendships as well as fine work relationships.
  • Downton Abbey. I have started watching the finale online, so don’t tell me how it finishes. I have loved sharing these episodes with my aunt. When I was still in the U.S. I’d go to her apartment for dinner and Downton. A lovely tradition.
  • A restful vacation. I’ve been blessed to have a long winter vacation which left me eager for the new term.

O Mores, O Tempora

I was checking out Pope Francis’ twitter feed and couldn’t believe the foul comments posted under his Christmas tweet.

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I will not spread the crudity, but will say that after the shock of the offensive messages I glimpsed I did say a quick prayer for those who are so lost that they need to attack Christianity and a man who has no record of misdeeds.

It’s a low time for American society and religion is under attack.