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Thursday, December 31, 2015

In thanksgiving... . Beginning the New Year with gratitude.

Catholic Sacristan | Lizard Lake, BC. December 29, 2015

Gratitude is the appropriate acknowledgement of mercy received.

This past year has been a year of transitions:
  • the joy of mentoring others and celebrating their accomplishments
  • the peaceful death of a sibling after a life of hard living
  • the peaceful death of a beloved niece after a decades struggle with MS and then brain cancer
  • reconnecting with an estranged sister after ten plus years
  • handing over a liturgical lay-ministry and moving on after seven years of service
  • clearing away many old things, stuff and clutter that has been sitting around for years
  • making gradual changes in attitude and career as I move farther into this sixth decade
This year has been an extraordinary season of grace and healing. God has blessed me with many insights and opportunities to test those insights. Some tests I have failed because of entrenched habits of mind that have inhibited an ability to shake off useless emotional baggage, and others I have successfully navigated and greater freedom has been achieved. I am particularly grateful for personal support received from a couple of you whose wisdom and prayers of intercession (answered by God through amazing circumstances!) made all the difference during some particularly trying moments. For all blessings and graces received, thanks be to God.

I would be remiss if, in this forum, I failed to acknowledge regular visitors to the Oasis. I mention only your community of origin, but I suspect that those frequent drinkers from the Oasis know exactly to whom I am referring.

Here, then, is a sampling of the cities and towns from which you hail. Please forgive any obvious or serious omissions. You are welcome to leave a reminder in the combox.
  1. Redmond, Washington, USA
  2. Simi Valley, California, USA
  3. Mountain View, California, USA
  4. San Francisco, California, USA
  5. Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
  6. Winnipeg, Canada
  7. Victoria, Saanichton, Saanich, Esquimalt, Sidney, Brentwood Bay, Ladysmith, Courtenay, Shawnigan Lake, Cobble Hill, Comox and Nanaimo, BC, Canada
  8. Calgary, Edmonton, AB, Canada
  9. quite a few towns and cities in Oregon
  10. Toronto, Ontario, Canada (several of you!)
  11. Nepean, Ontario, Canada
  12. Beijing, PRC.
  13. Canterbury, Kent, England
  14. Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada
  15. Dubai, U.A.E.
  16. India, several cities
  17. Manila and Quezon City, Philippines
  18. Mostar, Federation of Boznia-Herzogovina
  19. Jakarta, Indonesia
  20. Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
  21. Gdansk, Poland
  22. Warsaw, Poland
  23. Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
  24. Vatican City
Thank you, one and all, for tuning in and dropping by.

And, a special note of thanks to the members of this site, and those fellow bloggers who list this simple blog at their online homes! You are all in my prayers.

May the coming year be one of health, happiness and a deeper communion with Jesus Christ and His Church.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.

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