Thinking back on my childhood in a middle-class suburb of Cincinnati, I realize now what a sacrifice my parents made to put on a lavish Thanksgiving dinner. Living paycheck to paycheck, somehow my mom and dad found funds for a big turkey and all the fixings. My six siblings and I would spend the day outside jumping in piles of leaves and playing tag football with neighborhood kids. We’d bust through the back door at dusk with big appetites. After washing our hands and faces, setting the table, and saying a Thanksgiving prayer, we’d dive into the food.
One of the primary reasons we started Catholic Climate Covenant 16 years ago was to ensure that future generations can enjoy God’s abundant gifts—food and the natural world—for years to come.
As we celebrate Thanksgiving, I want to share my gratitude with our hardworking staff, with each one of you, our supporters, and with the parish, religious, young adult and volunteer communities we serve.
May your Thanksgiving be filled with faith, joy and a crisp dose of the outdoors, seeing that all is connected.
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