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The Pilgrim's Way -Thank You!

Mater Dei's Newsletter - Thanksgiving Weekend [2021 Preview]

Dear Pilgrim Family:

We thank God for all the blessings we have received during this most interesting year! All the good and all the bad. God Has allowed it all to happen, in His infinite Wisdom! We are especially thankful for you! Our 25th anniversary year was going to be our best year yet! But God had other plans for us. Plans to teach us how to trust more in Divine Providence! While cancelling and refunding so many bookings this year, seeing our hard work crumble before our eyes, God provided us with a family togetherness we have not experienced in years.The nature of our apostolate keeps us far apart for a great part of the year. Not in 2020! So we are very grateful for that and so much more. This year marked the earthly departure of family members and friends, and we have learned to entrust them and everything else to God! How could anyone survive without Faith, Hope and Love?! 

The virtue of gratitude forms a real bond among men and reveals the interior quality of the person. All human relationships suffer in the absence of this virtue. Just think about it! How long can a person continue to serve others without a simple thank you? Without an act of appreciation?  When we are grateful to others we remember their favor with affection, no matter how small it may be. We may wish to repay the favor in some way, but many times we can't, and the only thing we can do is to say say thank you. The joy we show when making this gesture contains our thanks. We should make sure people can tell that we are truly grateful, when we say thank you. Otherwise, they will know for sure when our "thank you" is not genuine, and what a damage we can do if we allow this to happen.  For gratefulness is expressed best in our demeanor when we sincerely say thanks! If we are not careful otherwise, some thank you's could end up being hurtful or even insulting.

In our relationship with God, we should thank him many times during the day, because He surrounds us with His care and His gifts. There is a very special moment in which Our Lord fills us with His gifts. In this moment He is literally inside of us!  During this moment we are Divinized in Holy Communion with Jesus, God the Son.  When the human being eats some food, once consumed that food ceases to be the food it once was, and now becomes part of us. With Holy Communion, is the other way around. Once we receive it, we become part of Him in Communion!  What an amazing gift that many Catholics take for granted! We should be particularly grateful after Holy Communion! The first thing we should all have in mind after Mass
is thanksgiving. Science tells us that the Host lasts about 10 minutes inside of us before it disappears into our system. Our dialogue with Jesus during these 10 minutes should be specially intimate, simple and joyful. There should be acts of adoration, of petition, of humility, of atonement but above all and foremost, thanksgiving. Have we ever considered that the angels are present at the Mass, adoring Him during the consecration? Now, after receiving the Consecrated Host, they are adoring Jesus in our souls, especially our Guardian Angel! At those moments the soul is as near Heaven as it is possible to be in this world. How can we be thinking about other things...? 

Another consideration is to make sure our soul is ready to receive God! We need to make an effort to remain in a State of Grace by frequenting the Sacrament of Mercy and Joy, the Sacrament of Confession. In this Sacrament, Jesus Has the remedy for all our illnesses. Then we can approach Jesus in Holy Communion as the blind, the deaf, and the paralytic approached Jesus… And let us never forget that we have the Source of all life, making Himself vulnerable in the Host, putting Himself at our disposal within our souls. He is Life!
There is nobody better than Our Lady, who carried God’s Son in her womb for nine months, to teach us how to treat Him better in our thanksgiving after Communion. Let us have recourse to her, Mater Dei et Mater Nostra (Mother of God and our Mother). Mary, show us, your children, how to become more grateful to your Son!

All of us at Mater Dei ®, in the USA or abroad, wish all of you a very happy Thanksgiving weekend! We are grateful for your love, friendship, prayers and support!

Blessed Advent!

Juan Landa                                                                                
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We want to thank you all for your support and prayers! Know that we are praying for your intentions at every Mass, every day and during our pilgrimages!  Thank you Mary for letting us work in your service!

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