By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

In Spite of Everything: Happy Thanksgiving

New Orleans: Thank you message in the grotto o...
New Orleans: Thank you message in the grotto of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church; added by those for whom prayer or miracles were granted (Photo credit: Wikipedia) (Your blogger's favorite church in New Orleans on Rampart St.)
Yes, happy feast of thanksgiving, one of the great and truly sane moments in our American culture. And I give those greetings in spite of:

1.) frustrated individuals who will celebrate this feast hypocritically by harassing and baiting others this day, although it should be a time of tranquility for all; and

2.) the bourgeois smugness and self-satisfaction that in many settings detracts from sincere gratitude.

In spite of that, we will especially live today in a gracious, thankful manner: affirming that, in spite of all of the above and in spite of many other things, we will be full of grace.

One of the great and powerful keys to effective daily living is the great "in spite of": use it often today and every day so that the agenda of gratitude always wins.

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