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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:

  1. For a chance to spend time with my youngest sister who’s visiting for work.
  2. For my writing to be selected for an opportunity to make an oral proposal to a producer. It’s always a long shot to get a job writing for TV so I welcome prayers.
  3. For a chance to have lunch with all four of my former colleagues last week. We worked together n the ’90s and have still kept in touch.
  4. For another chance to see my friend Luzanne, whom I haven’t seen in 15 years. I’m delighted to say we still had plenty to talk about.
  5. For young priests like Fr. Joshua Johnson (see post below) whose faith and spirit I hope will show young people how relevant and true the Christian faith is. It seems that while his communication style is contemporary, his theology is tested by time.
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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:

  1. My sister, nephew and niece have been visiting here a good long time. They have to leave so they can start school, but they’ve been here two weeks.
  2. I got to visit my friend Adrienne in her home in Sonoma county and got to see God’s grand redwoods. Amazing.
  3. All 8 of the Jesuit volunteers I lived and worked with in San Antonio reunited for Melissa’s wedding. It was the first time in 12 years we were all together. (I was sad to learn that Melissa’s left the Church to join the Unitarians at a church that offers pagan worship. Praying that that changes. She as it’s a faith her new husband likes. I wish she could have resisted that compromise.)
  4. For all the great summer produce: fresh corn, grapes, raspberries, peaches, etc. Such bounty!
  5. For Poldark. I loved the drama on PBS and am now reading the first novel in the series.

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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:

  1. For Lent! Sounds crazy but having an extended period when I focus on God more, with my fellow Christians, is so welcome. Yes, it can be hard (I’m light headed now as I haven’t eaten since lunch), but it can be transformational.
  2. For the caregivers and nurses at my aunt’s rehab center. They seem quite good.
  3. For the Chicago History Museum Library. I went there to work on a writing project and it’s amazing to read newspapers and fashion magazines from the 1800s. The staff is so helpful. It’s also intriguing to work side by side with other history buffs and historians. I don’t know what they’re looking up, but it doesn’t matter.
  4. Tomato soup. It’s a great comfort food and since I don’t like fish a good Lenten dish.
  5. My yoga class. It’s free at our library on Fridays and the teacher’s great. You have to get there early as it gets packed. I got the second to last spot because a freight train detained me.  It’s a nice community.

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. Pope Francis’ book The Joy of the Gospel. I read a little each day and it uplifts and enlightens me. His writing is full of love, joy and wisdom.
  2. Health. With so much talk of the measles, I’m happy to be healthy and able to go out and visit my aunt.
  3. That I had the time and opportunity to finish my script and overcame the problems with my printer so that I could send it off to a television producer who agreed to read it. It takes a miracle to get something read and newcomers have such poor odds at breaking in to television so I’m thankful that someone would read it. Please pray for the story’s success.
  4. Pumpkin croissants. A new delectable breakfast treat from Trader Joe’s.
  5. The Great British Baking Show. It’s a wonderful program the whole family can watch. I’ve learned so much about baking–and creativity.

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. The lovely weather. It’s a bit cool. Maybe you need a sweater, but I’ve gone without. It’s warm enough to go without yet not so hot that you’re uncomfortable.
  2. The Count of Monte Christo, my book club’s book for May and June. I read a selection of it in grade school and just didn’t get into it. Now Sandra suggested it and I’m so glad she did. I’d have never gone back to it. Now I’m enthralled. Such a thrilling tale of an innocent man trapped by other’s lies, ambitions and plots.
  3. That my students are loving Les Miserables. We’re reading a version simplified for ESL students. I’m in heaven sharing this book with them.
  4. The patience God is teaching me to have. By nature, I don’t like to wait and was terrible at it when I was younger. Now I’m getting better and it’s not because I’ve read a book or seen Oprah — fine as such things may be — it’s just God working within me.
  5. The Pope. I like him. I’ve heard some picky friends worry that he’s going to to steer us into the direction the press wants him to go, but while I think the press confuses what Pope Francis says pastorally with theology, I believe God is working through him. We’re living in a difficult time, some call it a Post-Christian era. I trust that God has given us the right leader for our times.

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. Easter and the Resurrection! Without this we’d be lost. Forever lost. We tend to forget that, but Easter mass reminds us. I was lucky to get to go to my little Chinese church for Easter mass. Such color and joy!
  2. Easter brunch. Now this is far, far lesser than the Resurrection, but I did enjoy the conversation and food at brunch.
  3. The article below by Barbara Nicolosi on art and the church. It really made me think. We can do much better along these lines. We must.
  4. Shakespeare. It was his birthday on the 23rd. I’m reading Cymbeline, which I confess I never even heard of before. It’s a challenging, though lively read.
  5. My friend Kimberley. I just got an email from her. She’s got an amazing wisdom and outlook.

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. For the time and energy to finally return to Deo Gratias
  2. For a pretty good class today with a class that’s very unruly and unappreciative
  3. For the rain we had on Monday, we really needed it and it cleaned up the air.
  4. For this Ingrid Bergman movie I’ve started to watch, “Inn of the Sixth Happiness.” Old movies that still delight are a gift.
  5. For Lolita, a new colleague and friend who’s so creative and insightful. Knowing her has shown me how to be more patient and graceful.

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. Getting to see the splendid exhibits at Shandong Provincial Museum.
  2. Getting my finals finished and catching up on work. It’s good to feel in control.
  3. Getting to go to Shannon’s for a pot luck dinner. She made a great cherry crisp in a rice cooker. Imagine! I like how we got to eat all these goodies people brought.
  4. The rain we got on Sunday afternoon and Monday, which is good for the flowers and cleans the air.

Thankful Woman’s Book of Blessings

On Wednesdays, Judy, creator of an inspiring blog, A Thankful Woman’s Book of Blessings encourages participants to list their blessings, to give thanks for the five things in the past week and then link to Judy’s blog.

Be sure to also check out her other blog and her website when you visit.

This week I am thankful for:

  1. The outcome of the Presidential race. I think Obama will do a good job and on matters where we disagree, I think I and others can work to address those issues. For example, see tomorrow’s post.
  2. I guess for the excitement of getting some snow, though it was awfully early to snow here Nov. 4th. Glad it melted too.
  3. That it’s warmer than it was on Sunday. I’m not quite ready for true winter.
  4. For this wonderful Midday Connection broadcast on spiritual identity. So many powerful, challenging statements.
  5. That my sister-in-law’s cancer tests came back negative.

Thankful Women’s Book of Blessings

On Wednesdays, Judy, creator of an inspiring blog, A Thankful Woman’s Book of Blessings encourages participants to list their blessings, to give thanks for the five things in the past week and then link to Judy’s blog.

Be sure to also check out her other blog and her website when you visit.
This week I am thankful for:

  1. The slow movement towards fall. I’m happy I can still go outside without a jacket or sweater.
  2. The new baker we discovered. He makes such lovely flat round bread, delicious right from the oven.
  3. The lovely concert I saw at school yesterday. The teachers performed for the freshmen and I was so impressed by all the Chinese teachers who performed in English. I thought it would all be in Chinese.
  4. The program “The Newsroom” which shows how civil, intelligent discourse and news should look. We don’t need cheap sensationalism.
  5. A new friend Paula, who I discovered is Catholic. We had a nice time going to mass together last Sunday and a good chat afterwards at Starbucks. She’s led an amazing life with her husband. They’ve lived in Kosovo, South Korea, Africa and more.