November 23, 2017

Father Pat writes... "In all circumstances, give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus." 1 THES 5:18

It's Thanksgiving. Do we dare give thanks "in all circumstances," as St. Paul calls us? It's easy enough to give thanks for the good things, the blessings, in our lives. But, do we dare, as St. Paul calls us, give thanks "in all circumstances"???

God doesn't give us our suffering, our illnesses, our tragedies, our trials, etc. But, as the Psalmist tells us, Psalm 103:4, "He redeems my life from destruction!" I really believe that there is absolutely no garbage, no destruction, that this world can dump upon me from which God's redeeming love cannot bring good. From a poor blind child He created a Teaching Brother, a Librarian for the Handicapped, a Diocesan Priest, a world-wide missionary, an author of a half dozen books... From a terminally bleeding patient in a Connecticut hospital He created a retired Priest in San Antonio, Texas, still spreading the good news of God's redeeming love in this broken world!

Looking back at all the good that God's redeeming love has brought from my sufferings in the past gives me courage, faith, to expect the same redeeming love from Him in my sufferings of the future. Anyone can thank God for miracles already seen. Thanking God "in all circumstances" is daring to expect His miraculous, redeeming love no mmatter how, when, where this world may afflict me.

This Thanksgiving, as we remember gratefully all the countless miracles of God's love in our livesmay we dare to thank Him in all circumstances for His never failing love in our lives! May God bless you and yours this Thanksgiving, and always.

A brother always,
Fr. Pat


My own adress for correspondence is:
Rev. Patrick A Martin
10730 Potranco Road
Suite 122, Box 258
San Antonio, TX 78251
(207) 423-4774

And God said, “Patrick, don't worry!" What will these retirement years hold for me, and for all God's dear broken people? I wonder and God said, “Patrick, don't worry!"
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