How Good it is to Give Thanks!

thanksgiving_cornucopia20141120When I was in AA many a year ago, we were taught a very simple form of prayer ~ to say “please” in the morning and “thank you” at night.  What could be simpler and more heartfelt? Thanks is on my lips and in my heart whenever I can accomplish something that I need to do ~ usually after I’ve said “Please help me do this, Lord.”  And that little conversation ‘ll take place quite often.

So, for me, every day is a thanksgiving day!  But I share here some of the things I’m grateful for this year; it’s quite a bit different from last year.   This past several months, I’ve been struggling financially.  I didn’t have food in my refrigerator   But I wasn’t thinking of myself. I was thinking of so many others who were so much worse off than I have been.  My faith is strong. And I remembered again and again what Julian of Norwich used to say, “All shall be and all manner of things shall be well.”  So that’s one thing for which I’m thankful.

And I also know what I always sign off on my emails ~ “Wait for the Lord to lead, and then follow his way.”

But I’m also strongly thinking about my friends this year ~ a few of whom I will name here.  Joan has been my friend since I was first ordained in 1969.  She lives in Melbourne, Florida, a great-grandmother and a confidante of mine, always welcome in her home.

Betsy lives in Sebastian, Florida. She’s in her nineties and lost her childhood sweetheart John a year ago. I still talk with her  by phone and enjoy her wicked sense of humor as often as I can and pray to alleviate her loneliness.

Father Jim Fetcher, pastor of St. Sebastian Church here in Ft. Lauderdale has been a wonderful compassionate friend as well with a listening ear.

And closer to home, folks that my dog Shoney and I visit almost every evening is my friend Lore  who welcomes  and treat us as family.  She also lost her beloved husband Gilberto and misses him so much.

There are others, of course.  I’m thinking of them right now: Gene and Marilyn / Betsey and Matthew  / Tom and Nancy / Jim and Jeffrey / John and Sarah / Dan and Lee / Tony and Susan / Chris and Bill, / Chuck and Chris / Ida and Ernie / Adrian and Leanor / Fathers Jim Dallen, Tim Daly and Fred Ruse.

And, of course, all of you, my dear readers.

And next to last item on my gratitude list this year is my priesthood.  I have been a priest for 47 years. I’ve tried to be as faithful as I could.

But the love of my life and the whole meaning of my priesthood is Jesus!  He is my Love! He is my Lord! He is my elder Brother!  He is my best friend!  My Savior and Redeemer!

So, I hope you’ll make your own gratitude list.  And when you sit down for dinner on Thursday, why not take a moment to ask folks to first have a moment of silence to think of something that they’re especially thankful for this year.  And then ask each of them if they’d like to share it.  (The moment to think is important! Don’t skip it or else everybody will repeat what the last one said.)

” Rejoice always,

             Pray without ceasing.

 In all circumstances give thanks,

            for this is God’s will  for you in Christ Jesus.”

  I Thessalonians 5: 16-18

Now, before you go, here’s a beautiful slideshow with great music simply entitled “Thank You, God.” Click here. Be sure to enter full screen and turn up your speakers.   

I will publish the blog for the First Sunday of Advent on the Friday after Thanksgiving.  Be sure to look for it!

Thank YOU, my beloved readers.

Bob Traupman

contemplative writer

How Good it is to give Thanks! (Thanksgiving Day 2014)

thanksgiving_cornucopia20141120When I was in AA many a year ago, we were taught a very simple form of prayer ~ to say “please” in the morning and “thank you” at night.  What could be simpler and more heartfelt? Thanks is on my lips and in my heart whenever I can accomplish something that I need to do ~ usually after I’ve said “Please help me do this, Lord.”  And that little conversation ‘ll take place quite often.

So, for me, every day is a thanksgiving day!  But I share here some of the things I’m grateful for this year; it’s quite a bit different from last year.   This past several months, I’ve been struggling financially. For the first time in a very long time I didn’t have food in my refrigerator and I couldn’t pay my mortgage.  But I wasn’t thinking of myself. I was thinking of so many others who were so much worse off than I was!

I knew this wouldn’t last. And it hasn’t.  My faith is strong. And I remembered again and again what Julian of Norwich used to say, “All shall be and all manner of things shall be well.”  So that’s one thing for which I’m thankful.

But I’m also strongly thinking about my friends this year ~ a few of whom I will name here.  Joan has been my friend since I was first ordained in 1969.  She lives in Melbourne, Florida, a great-grandmother and a confidante of mine, always welcome in her home.

Betsy and John live in Sebastian, Florida. They’re in their nineties and still wear denim and love to laugh.  They are still sweethearts, except that John is disappearing into himself with Alzheimer’s.  I visit them whenever I drive up I-95.

Father Tim Daly is pastor of St. Paul’s in Daytona Beach and looks in on me once in a while and makes sure I’m ok.

Father Jim Fetcher, pastor of St. Sebastian Church here in Ft. Lauderdale has been a wonderful compassionate friend as well with a listening ear.

And closer to home, folks that my dog Shoney and I visit most every evening are my friends Lore and Gilberto who welcome us and treat us as family.

There are others, of course.  I’m thinking of them right now: Gene and Marilyn / Betsey and Matthew  / Tom and Nancy / Jim and Jeffrey / John and Sarah / Dan and Lee / George and Anne / Tony and Susan / Chris and Bill, / Adrian and Leanor /Fathers Jim D. and DonFather Fred in the Dominican Republic.

And, of course, all of you, my dear readers.

And finally, the last item on my gratitude list this year is my priesthood. I celebrated my 45th anniversary this year. And I had the opportunity to celebrate with my classmates at my two seminaries at Theological College in Washington, D.C and at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore.

So, I hope you’ll make your own gratitude list.  And when you sit down for dinner on Thursday, why not take a moment to ask folks to first have a moment of silence to think of something that they’re especially thankful for this year.  And then ask each of them if they’d like to share it.  (The moment to think is important! Don’t skip it or else everybody will repeat what the last one said.)

” Rejoice always,

             Pray without ceasing.

 In all circumstances give thanks,

            for this is God’s will  for you in Christ Jesus.”

  I Thessalonians 5: 16-18

Now, before you go, here’s a beautiful slideshow with great music simply entitled “Thank You, God.” Click here. Be sure to enter full screen and turn up your speakers.   

I will publish the blog for the First Sunday of Advent on the Friday after Thanksgiving.  Be sure to look for it!

Thank YOU, my beloved readers.

Bob Traupman

contemplative writer

How Good it is to give Thanks! (Thanksgiving Day 2013)

IMG_0446When I was in AA many a year ago, we were taught a very simple form of prayer ~ to say “please” in the morning and “thank you” at night.  What could be simpler and more heartfelt? Thanks is on my lips and in my heart whenever I can accomplish something that I need to do ~ usually after I’ve said “Please help me do this, Lord.”  And that little conversation ‘ll take place several times a day.

So, for me, every day is a thanksgiving day!  But I share here a little list of things I’m grateful for this year; it’s similar to last year’s list.  A couple of things dropped off and some were added.  I hope you’ll make your own gratitude list.  And when you sit down for dinner on Thursday, why not take a moment to ask folks to first have a moment of silence to think of something that they’re especially thankful for this year.  And then ask each of them if they’d like to share it.  (The moment to think is important! Don’t skip it or else everybody will repeat what the last one said.)

 

Dear Friends / Dear God,

These are the things I am thankful for during 2013 . . .

(not in any particular order)

+ For my health

+ That I am able to pay my mortgage and my bills and put food on my table                                                                             

My trusty burgundy Mitsubishi Eclipse Spider convertible that is great fun to drive

+ Realizing that I am a thinking / feeling / willing /  imperfect human being

+ My weaknesses that make me depend on God for my strength

+ My talent for writing and photography

+ My dog Shoney who is just a lovely and loving little creature and a real blessing

+ The sun, the clouds, the flowers, the trees, the ducks  and my lovely condo I enjoy every day

+ For the people I care for

+ For the people who care for me

+ My faithful Macbook Pro computer

+ The gift of contemplative prayer

+  For my Catholic faith and the gift of my priesthood

+  For our new Pope Francis who is bringing new hope and joy and great example to many

+  For the lives of friends that died this year who  have touched me deeply

+  For You! my faithful readers

+ And finally, my loving relationship with my heavenly Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit

” Rejoice always,

             Pray without ceasing.

 In all circumstances give thanks,

            for this is God’s will  for you in Christ Jesus.”

  I Thessalonians 5: 16-18

 

Now, before you go, here’s a beautiful slideshow with great music simply entitled “Thank You, God.” Click here. Be sure to enter full screen and turn up your speakers.  

And HAPPY HANUKKAH to our Jewish Sisters and Brothers that begins at sundown on Wednesday!

Thank YOU, my beloved readers.

May 2014 be a good year for you and your family.

Bob Traupman

contemplative writer

Thank you, Lord, for a great year

Light reflects light on the canal next to my condo / I didn’t really see the beauty until I looked at the photo

Dear Friends / Dear God,

These are the things I am thankful for during 2012. . .

(not in any particular order)

+ My new dog Shoney who is just a lovely and loving little creature and a real blessing

+ For my health

+ That I can pay my mortgage and my bills and put food on my table                                                                                     

+ My trusty burgundy Mitsubishi Eclipse Spider convertible which is great fun to drive

+ Realizing that I am a thinking / feeling / willing /  imperfect human being

+ My weaknesses that make me depend on God for my strength

+ Being with my brother priests at the inaugural assembly of the Association of United States Catholic Priests

+ My talent for writing and photography

+ The sun, the clouds, the flowers, the trees, the ducks  and my lovely condo I enjoy every day

+ For the people I care for

+ For the people who care for me

+ My trusty Macbook Pro computer

+ A crystal clear pool in our condo courtyard in which to swim laps

+ The gift of contemplative prayer

+  For my Catholic faith and the gift of my priesthood

+  For the Second Vatican Council

+  For You! my faithful readers

+ And finally, my loving relationship with my heavenly Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit

” Rejoice always,

             Pray without ceasing.

 In all circumstances give thanks,

            for this is God’s will  for you in Christ Jesus.”

  I Thessalonians 5: 16-18


Now, before you go, here’s a beautiful slideshow with great music simply entitled “Thank You, God.” Click here.

Thank YOU, my beloved readers.

May 2013 be a good year for you and your family.

Bob Traupman

contemplative writer