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Thanksgiving Dinner in Italy

Who would have thought that an old traditional feast in the USA would be celebrated in a town like Lumezanne in Brescia, Italy, at the foot of the Italian Alps?

On the afternoon of November 26th, a group of eight university-aged girls from Lumezzane came to our house to celebrate Thanksgiving dinner.  A number of them had already been coming to our activities for some time now, while others were friends of theirs or new girls who wanted to know us better; it was a chance for all of us to get to know each other, and for a few of the girls, they discovered that there are other young people like them who want to live a life striving for sanctity.

Before we ate dinner, we went up to the chapel to greet Our Lord and to spend a brief moment of reflection, recalling that it was the beginning of Advent and a new liturgical year, before continuing our evening.

Later on, Sr. Hope explained the real meaning of Thanksgiving and the history behind the first Thanksgiving celebrated by the Pilgrims and North American Indians; the first Thanksgiving had been observed with a fraternal spirit, giving thanks to God for all He had given them.  Then, we started to try out the different food, which was a new experience for the young Italians.

Towards the end of the dinner, one of the girls named Sara told her conversion story and how she had discovered Our Lord and Our Lady in Ecuador while she had been helping handicapped children in a school that the Servant Sisters run in Playa Prieta.  We were all moved by her story and several of the girls admitted that they still had not had such a ¨powerful¨ experience of Our Lord.  Hopefully more young people can get to know Our Lord and open their hearts to Him.

Sara also sang for us the song ¨I have found You¨, which she had written about her experience of finding Our Lord in Ecuador.  Another girl, Viola, played the piano for as accompaniment.  Thanks to the profound words and the spirit that the song transmitted, it was another grace for us to be able to listen to it.

At the end, before the girls headed off, all of them were given a phrase with words by Pope Benedict XVI. One of the phrases was, for example: ¨The world promises you comfort, but you were not made for comfort, you were made for greatness.¨ We hope that these phrases were good spiritual food for them, helping each one of them to reflect a little about their lives and to straighten their paths towards the Lord.

All in all, our Thanksgiving was rich both materially and spiritually and we hope that through it, God will continue to act in the life of each one of us.

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