Fr Ed Homily 9-9-21: Thanks for the Memories

Categories: HomiliesPublished On: September 9th, 2021Tags: , 515 words15.6 min read
Thanks for the Memories

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Thanks for the Memories

Remember that song. Made famous by a comedian named Bob Hope. Both the name and the song seem to reflect the first reading quite well.

Memories are always with us. I pray you always have many more happy memories than not. I do believe God allows us to have memories such that we can continue to learn. We truly never stop learning. When we recall a happy memory from the past, we can spend time reminiscing and reflecting. We do this because part of the reflection may be what we did to initiate such an event in the past. Did we plan a surprise for someone? Maybe it was a wedding proposal? A birthday? An anniversary? I wonder, why do we not plan for more happy memories? We should, you know, if for nothing more than to have more happy memories. Sad memories have their place in our life too. It is who we are. We remember past unhappy memories to teach us what not to do.

The first reading challenges us to go beyond all this. And that is no matter a happy or unhappy memory we are to remember to give God thanks. Yes, even the sad times. When you reflect back upon unhappy events perhaps you begin to recognize those were the times where you grew in faith the most. They stretched you, challenged you, and made you more than what you were. Thanks be to God. To help you grow in the virtue of gratitude try to remember to give God thanks every morning and every evening and for at least one thing during the day. See if your faith also matures.

May the Lord bless you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Fr Ed Anderson
Email: fatheredanderson[at]gmail.com
Phone: 715.817.3736

St. Joseph Church - Rice Lake
Holy Trinity - Haugen
St. John the Evangelist - Birchwood
Our Lady of Lourdes - Dobie

Fr Ed Anderson
Email: fatheredanderson[at]gmail.com
Phone: 715.817.3736

St. Joseph Church - Rice Lake
Holy Trinity - Haugen
St. John the Evangelist - Birchwood
Our Lady of Lourdes - Dobie

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