St. Ignatius of Loyola said “Teach us (O Lord) to give and not count the cost.”
Ignatius encountered Christ when he confessed his sins through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, also known as “Confession”. He led a life of chivalry as a soldier from a wealthy family in Spain…after being wounded in war and forced to rest in bed, he began reading the lives of the Saints. He was inspired by the lives of ordinary men and women who gave their lives to a greater authority – God! He traveled to Montserrat, Spain where a shrine is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin under the title of Our Lady of Montserrat “La Morenita”. There, he spent time in prayer and experienced a Confession that changed his life forever! He laid down his sword at the feet of our Lady’s statue and committed to live as a disciple of Christ. He gave all without counting the cost!
We, too, can ask the Lord to teach us to give and not count the cost. This Thanksgiving Day Holiday is a time and a venue to easily give and especially give thanks as we prepare food, spend time with family and friends. Spending time is a form of giving; that can give us peace and joy.
May you and your loved ones have a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving Day holiday!