Dear Norwood-Fontbonne Community,
Webster’s dictionary defines thankful as follows: Conscious of benefit received, expressive of thanks, well pleased
I acknowledge that this isn’t the most creative way to begin, but when faced with how to discuss being thankful, I found myself experiencing writer’s block. This seemed like a useful convention to kick things off.
Each year as a nation we set aside the fourth Thursday in November to celebrate Thanksgiving. Personally, I have so much for which to be thankful. I have been blessed with the most incredible wife and children, the love and support of a beautiful, extended family, and a rich, rewarding professional life. I feel so lucky to work with all of you – the students, teachers and families of Norwood-Fontbonne Academy. I also feel so grateful for my faith, modeled to me by my Mother and fostered by my education in Catholic school.
This week we give thanks to the source of all our abundance as we gather together for Liturgy on Tuesday morning. In the words of St. Teresa of Avila, “In all created things discern the providence and wisdom of God, and in all things give Him thanks.” While all of the cherished traditions of Thanksgiving should be celebrated on this very special holiday, we are called to give thanks every day.
Turning to the Gospels, I think of Luke 12:48, “Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.” We are called to demonstrate thanks by putting our faith into action. We can celebrate our faith and demonstrate our thanks to God, through our actions informed by Gospel teaching every day. We are called to lives of service as we have done very well in big ways like our very successful Outreach efforts and immersive service learning program. This year our partnered efforts for Thanksgiving Outreach will bring Thanksgiving meals to the table of nearly 50 families. Thank you to all and especially to Mr. O’Sullivan and the 6thgrade who will deliver the collection to Visitation Parish in Kensington.
We also joyfully live the Gospel in those small ways in which we interact with each other and the world each day. The moments unseen, not photographed when we seek out a student sitting by themselves, help a friend struggling with a concept in class, and help mom and dad when they need a hand. These simple acts of kindness make our world a better, more loving place. God calls us to celebrate and share our talents and to live generously as we act each day as His hands and feet on earth.
As a school community we are also so very grateful to everyone who shares time, talent, and treasure with NFA. Today we complete our 50 day kick off campaign for the Annual Fund. Each dollar has an immediate impact on the ministry of education at Norwood-Fontbonne and is so greatly appreciated. Thank you. https://
I will finish with my sincere thanks and blessings to you all this Thanksgiving and one last quote from St. John Paul II. “Remember the past with gratitude. Live the present with enthusiasm. Look forward to the future with confidence.”
Ryan Killeen, Ed.D.