Today, we lift our minds and hearts in Thanksgiving!
For the Gift of Life:
its births, deaths, and rebirths that foster our growth,
its letting go and holding on that provides us with
its joys and disappointments that lead us to wisdom,
its summons to inclusivity and diversity that promote the
For Life, we thank you, O God.
For the Gift of Earth:
its waters, plants, fruits, and harvests that feed us,
its seasonal changes and weather patterns that alter our
its fragility that calls us to respect and heal its wounds.
its beauty that keeps us standing in awe and wonder.
For Earth, we thank you, O God.
For the Gift of Friendship:
its blessing of support and challenge that keep us balanced,
its bond that stretches us to open our arms wide,
its companionship that allows us to welcome strangers in need,
its network that keeps us globally connected.
For Friendship, we thank you, O God.
For the Gift of the Dominican Family:
who carry on the Mission of Study, Service, Prayer, and
by living the words Laudare, Benedicere, Praedicare
with an attitude of Gratitude.
For our Dominican Family, we thank you, O God.
We ask all of this in the name of the Creator who
blesses us, the Redeemer who heals us, and the Spirit who fills us with
-prayer adapted from Sr. Mary Ann Barrett, O.P,
Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids, MI