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2 Maccabees, Chapter 15, Verse 18

They were not so much concerned about wives and children, or family and relations; their first and foremost FEAR was for the consecrated sanctuary.

Today’s meditation: Where is God’s consecrated Sanctuary? 

I asked Bing AI: Is it the in the body of a holy catholic soul God’s consecrated Sanctuary?

According to the Catholic faith, the human body is not just a material object, but a living being that is animated by a spiritual soul. The soul is the principle of human consciousness and freedom, and it is created by God in his image. The soul and the body are so intimately united that they form one unique human nature. The soul is also the “form” of the body, meaning that it gives shape and meaning to the body’s matter. The soul is immortal and does not die with the body, but it will be reunited with the body in the final resurrection.

The Catholic Church also teaches that the Eucharist is the true presence of Christ in the sacrament of the altar. By the words of consecration, the bread and wine are changed into the body and blood, soul and divinity of Christ. The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life, and it is the most perfect way of communion with Christ and his Church. The Eucharist is also a sacrifice, because it makes present the one sacrifice of Christ on the cross. The faithful who receive the Eucharist are united with Christ and his sacrifice, and they offer themselves to God as a living sacrifice.

Therefore, one could say that the body of a holy Catholic soul is a sanctuary of God, because it is a temple of the Holy Spirit and a member of the body of Christ. The body of a holy Catholic soul is also consecrated to God, because it is dedicated to his service and his glory. The body of a holy Catholic soul participates in the Eucharist, which is the highest form of worship and the most intimate encounter with God. The body of a holy Catholic soul is also a witness of God’s love and mercy to the world, and a sign of hope for the resurrection.

I hope this helps you understand the Catholic teaching on the body and the soul. If you want to learn more, you can check out these sources:

Thanksgiving Day[1]

Thanksgiving Day is a celebration of giving thanks for the harvest and blessings of the past year. It is a day of giving thanks to God for his many blessings and expressing our gratitude to friends and family members. It is celebrated in the United States. Thanksgiving Day dates back to the Reformation Period and is accompanied by prayers, special ceremonies, and feasts. Thanksgiving is observed on the fourth Thursday in November each year.

Thanksgiving Day Facts & Quotes

·         The first Thanksgiving Day feast was held in 1621 between the Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag Indians.

·         In 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.

·         According to the US Government Census, in 2014, 242 million turkeys were raised in the United States.

·         President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the fourth Thursday in November as the official Thanksgiving Day in 1941.

·         Thanksgiving is almost here.  It's my favorite holiday, which is surprising since I'm no fan of giving or saying thanks. - Stephen Colbert

Thanksgiving Day Top Events and Things to Do

·         Watch or attend a Parade.  The largest are the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York and the McDonalds Thanksgiving parade in Chicago.

·         Eat lots of traditional Thanksgiving food including turkey, cranberry sauce, and sweet potatoes.

·         Watch or attend a football game.  Besides NFL, there are many college and high school football games on this day.

·         Go running or do some other form of exercise in the morning - so you won't feel so guilty indulging in a grand Thanksgiving meal.

·         Talk to relatives and friends by phone, email, or internet to remind them how thankful you are that they are all part of your life.

Thanksgiving: Plimoth Plantation Plymouth, Massachusetts[2]

At Plimoth Plantation, it’s always 1627. The living museum and its costumed “residents” re-create New England’s first successful European settlement as well as a Native village. Thanksgiving dinner has its roots in a harvest celebration that 52 Pilgrims shared with 90 members of the Wampanoag tribe in 1621, one year after the settlers sailed from England. It included fowl (probably ducks and geese rather than turkey), venison, corn, and most likely fresh and dried fruits and vegetables. Every fall Plimoth Plantation re-creates a harvest meal from that period as well as serving a classic American Thanksgiving dinner.

Thanksgiving Antarctica 1973

from “The Ice is Nice & chee chee is Peachy” by ME.

Growing up in Arizona and living in the desert Thanksgiving was always sunny and usually warm as well as a little disappointing because of no snow. In school we would sing, “Over the river and through the woods to Grandmothers house we would go…through the white and wintery snow.” I had visions but no real experience. All that change when I joined the Navy and became a structural steelworker and was assigned to build a station for the National Science Foundation at the geographic South Pole in October 1973. It was the summertime in Antarctic and the sun stayed up and would not set March 1974. Although it was the summer the temperatures still were belong zero and averaged around 45 below zero. We worked two 12 hour shifts 24 hours a day. We were in a hurry to complete the project before the sun went down. Sundays were half days so we could attend religious services. We were not going to stop work for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Then all that changed.

The evening of November 21st there was a big party that night—because by of a proclamation from President Nixon we were having the entire Thanksgiving Day off!  The guys were excited. Some of the guys were planning to go over to the Old South Pole Station club but I was a little tired I thought I would just take it easy. 

Proclamation 4255 - Thanksgiving Day, 1973

November 16, 1973

By the President of the United States of America

A Proclamation

In the first Thanksgiving, man affirmed his determination to live in God’s grace and to act in God’s will on the shores of a new land of promise. In this Thanksgiving season we reaffirm that determination.

Time has not dimmed, not circumstance diminished the need for God’s hand in all that America may justly endeavor. In times of trial and of triumph that single truth reasserts itself, and a people who have never bowed before men go gladly to their knees in submission to divine power, and in thanks for divine sustenance.

On this Thanksgiving Day we mark the 10th anniversary of the tragic death of President John F. Kennedy. As we give thanks for the bounty and goodness of our land, therefore, let us also pause to reflect on President Kennedy’s contributions to the life of this Nation we love so dearly.

Those who celebrated the first thanksgiving had endured hardship and loss, but they kept alive their hope and their faith. Throughout our history, each generation has endured hardship and loss, but our faith and trust in God’s providence has remained undiminished. At this first thanksgiving in twelve years in which the United States will have been at peace, we see that God’s grace also remain undiminished. For this we give thanks.

Now, Therefore, I, Richard M. Nixon, President of the United States of America, in accordance with the wish of the Congress as expressed in Section 6103 of Title 5 of the United States Code, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 22, 1973, as a day of national thanksgiving, and concurrently, a day of prayer for the memory of John F. Kennedy. Let all Americans unite on this day, giving thanks for the manifold blessings vouchsafed our people, and inviting all of those less fortunate than ourselves to share in those blessings in God’s name, for His sake, and for our own.

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this sixteenth day of November, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred seventy-three, and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred ninety-eight.

Club 250

Brillo, my best friend, and I decided to use the day off to head on over to the Old South Pole ourselves.  It was about a half a mile away, but it took us a lot longer than we thought.  It was slow trekking the distance through the loose snow.  Along the way, we passed a railroad sign that some humorous people put up out there.  

When we got there, our intent was to get in the sauna, which was about 200 degrees.  We stripped and got in.  It was about the first time I had felt warm the whole time I had been there. While we were in the sauna, we decided today was the day we were going to join club 250.  As soon as we got so warm, we couldn’t stand it anymore; we jumped out of the sauna with nothing but our boots on and started running the distance from the sauna; up a 100-foot ramp to the outside of the station where it was about 50 below zero.  Thus, the name, club 250, we went from plus 200 to minus 50 and made a 250-degree temperature change. We ran over to the international marker for the South Pole with signs to all the different places and flags from many nations.  

It was interesting because even though Brillo was right next to me all I saw was a cloud because his body was giving off so much steam.  When we got to the international marker, we ran around the pole three times and then headed back to the sauna.  I mean think about it we just ran around the world naked three times. Brillo and I quickly headed back to the sauna as we were just beginning to lose our steam.

After we had had a good warm up, we headed back on up to the international marker this time with our clothes on, to take pictures.  Brillo mentioned that the other day a guy brought his golf balls and club over here and putted around the world in two strokes. 

After our outing we then we headed back to our camp for our Thanksgiving dinner meticulously prepared for our delights. It was a great feast. After we ate our Thanksgiving meal, watched movies, and we then of course stopped off at the Last Chance Saloon where we sang, “Over the river and through the woods to Grandmothers house we would go…through the white and wintery snow.” It was indeed a Thanksgiving to remember.

The Mass: The Perfect Thanksgiving[3]

Men have not only prayed in thanksgiving but have offered in thanksgiving: something that was a sign of themselves, to show they were thankful for life, were sorry for their sins against the Giver of life, would give their lives in return, if they might, to the One they owe so much. They made offerings in thanks for the things that sustain life, for the preservation of life. "Abel also offered of the firstlings of his flock, and of their fat." . . . "So Noe went out, he and his sons, his wife and the wives of his sons . . . all living things went out of the ark. And Noe built an altar unto the Lord: and taking of all cattle and fowl that were dean, offered holocausts upon the altar. . . ." They made bloody offerings, because the offering is a symbol of the offerer, and blood is the essence of life. Blood is life. There were other offerings. . . . "Melchidesech, the king of Salem, bringing forth bread and wine, for he was the priest of the most high God, blessed him and said: Blessed be Abram by the most high God, who created heaven and earth." . . . Because bread maintains life, and wine enhances life. God told them what to sacrifice, and how to sacrifice; but especially He told them to make the sacrifice of the Pasch, because it was a memorial to their freedom and their protection, a memorial of thanksgiving to the God who loved them. ". . . and it shall be a lamb without blemish, a male, one year . . . and the whole multitude of the children of Israel shall sacrifice it in the evening." . . . "And this day shall be a memorial unto you: and you shall keep it a feast to the Lord . . . for with a strong hand the Lord hath brought you out of this place." He brought them through water, led them by fire, fed them with manna, and when they sinned against Him, He chastised them and accepted their sacrifices of expiation. He made it part of their Law, their Covenant, that they were to offer sacrifice: of reparation, of petition, of praise, of thanksgiving.

Then Christ came.

When it was time for the thing to happen for which, He came, He said to the Apostles: "This is My body, which is being given for you; do this, in remembrance of Me." And He said: "This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which shall be shed for you." This was the new covenant, the new Pasch . . . "in My blood," He said. From that moment on they were to make sacrifice "in My blood." The offering is a symbol of the offerer. Blood is the essence of life. This is our gift to offer: His Body and Blood, every day. Think of all the things the Redemption accomplished, and do not forget this last: to put into our hands the perfect Gift, the pure Victim — "holy and spotless, the holy bread of everlasting life and the chalice of everlasting salvation." With the sacrifice of Holy Mass, Catholics make their thanksgiving.

Blessed Miguel Agustin Pro[4]

Miguel Pro was born January 13, 1891, at Guadalupe Zacatecas, Mexico. From his childhood, high spirits and happiness were the most outstanding characteristics of his personality. The loving and devoted son of a mining engineer and a pious and charitable mother, Miguel had a special affinity for the working classes which he retained all his life. At 20, he became a Jesuit novice and shortly thereafter was exiled because of the Mexican revolution. He traveled to the United States, Spain, Nicaragua and Belgium, where he was ordained in 1925. Father Pro suffered greatly from a severe stomach problem and when, after several operations his health did not improve, in 1926 his superiors allowed him to return to Mexico in spite of the religious persecution in the country. The churches were closed, and priests were in hiding.

Father Pro spent the rest of his life in a secret ministry to the sturdy Mexican Catholics. In addition to fulfilling their spiritual needs, he also carried out the works of mercy by assisting the poor of Mexico City with their temporal needs. He adopted many disguises to carry out his secret ministry. In all that he did, he remained filled with the joy of serving Christ, his King, and obedient to his superiors. Falsely accused in a bombing attempt on the President-elect, Pro became a wanted man. He was betrayed to the police and sentenced to death without the benefit of any legal process. On the day of his death, Father Pro forgave his executioners, prayed, bravely refused the blindfold, and died proclaiming "Viva Cristo Rey!" (Long Live Christ the King).

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Espresso Day[5] The voodoo priest and all his powders were as nothing compared to espresso, cappuccino, and mocha, which are stronger than all the religions of the world combined, and perhaps stronger than the human soul itself. Mark Helprin

·         Rich and powerful, espresso is a nitro-boost to your day and a go-to for coffee drinkers looking for a way to get through those long hard days and nights. It is a refinement of coffee, distilled down to its most potent elements and delivered in special cups that should have a warning label that reads “High Vibration and Caffeine Jitters Ahead”. Espresso day celebrates the history of this delicious and powerful solution to an otherwise dreary day.

History Of Espresso Day

·         In Turin, in 1884 an incredible new innovation was developed that would change the way work would be done for all of history. No longer would tired laborers have to rely on pure willpower to get them through the day or lean on the watered-down attempt at caffeination that was normal coffee and tea. Instead, thanks to the innovative methods of Angelo Moriondo coffee had seen a new age of enlightenment, as his new machine found a way to separately control the passing of steam and water through the coffee. This innovation made it possible to extract the fullest possible potential from the humble coffee bean.

·         Espresso Day was created to honor this invention and the wonderful man who made it all possible. True, the machine has undergone multiple upgrades and innovations since then, with homemade espresso machines now being available, and the latte is now one of the most popular methods of imbibing this drink. From Turin, Italy this beverage spread throughout the world, earning a place of prominence in Europe, the USA, and eventually the world at large.

How To Celebrate Espresso Day

·         Celebrating Espresso Day is as simple as skipping on down to your local caffeination station, be it a Starbucks, Tim Horton’s, or whatever your local flavor of coffee shop is. Order yourself the strongest drink on the menu, a triple-shot espresso if they have them, and raise a small ceramic glass of high-powered octane the those in attendance. Toast Angelo Moriondo and his works and let all who will listen know that it is he who drives the modern worker and increases production. Then stop on the way home and buy yourself your own personal espresso machine, because weekends need coffee too.

Catechism of the Catholic Church





VI. The Domestic Church

1655 Christ chose to be born and grow up in the bosom of the holy family of Joseph and Mary. the Church is nothing other than "the family of God." From the beginning, the core of the Church was often constituted by those who had become believers "together with all [their] household." When they were converted, they desired that "their whole household" should also be saved. These families who became believers were islands of Christian life in an unbelieving world.

1656 In our own time, in a world often alien and even hostile to faith, believing families are of primary importance as centers of living, radiant faith. For this reason, the Second Vatican Council, using an ancient expression, calls the family the Ecclesia domestica. It is in the bosom of the family that parents are "by word and example . . . the first heralds of the faith with regard to their children. They should encourage them in the vocation, which is proper to each child, fostering with special care any religious vocation."

1657 It is here that the father of the family, the mother, children, and all members of the family exercise the priesthood of the baptized in a privileged way "by the reception of the sacraments, prayer and thanksgiving, the witness of a holy life, and self-denial and active charity." Thus, the home is the first school of Christian life and "a school for human enrichment." Here one learns endurance and the joy of work, fraternal love, generous - even repeated - forgiveness, and above all divine worship in prayer and the offering of one's life.

1658 We must also remember the great number of single persons who, because of the particular circumstances in which they have to live - often not of their choosing - are especially close to Jesus' heart and therefore deserve the special affection and active solicitude of the Church, especially of pastors. Many remain without a human family often due to conditions of poverty. Some live their situation in the spirit of the Beatitudes, serving God and neighbor in exemplary fashion. The doors of homes, the "domestic churches," and of the great family which is the Church must be open to all of them. "No one is without a family in this world: the Church is a home and family for everyone, especially those who 'labor and are heavy laden.'"

Daily Devotions/Practice

·         Unite in the work of the Porters of St. Joseph by joining them in fasting: Today's Fast: Increase in the Religious and Consecrated Life.

·         do a personal eucharistic stations of the cross.

·         Offering to the sacred heart of Jesus

·         Drops of Christ’s Blood

·         Universal Man Plan

·         Rosary.


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