Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Catholics and Thanksgiving

Taylor Marshall, a Catholic convert, who happens to also be an Aggie, has a great post about the roots of Thanksgiving, with a nice twist at the end. I recommend you read it all, but if you can't stand it and want to jump to the end, here you go:
The penal laws of England regarding non-conformists affected not only the rigorous Calvinistic Puritans in england, but also the English Catholic recusants. The Pilgrims shared the same lot as the Catholic faithful of England. Interestingly enough, the Catholics who lived in Nottinghamshire where the Pilgrims originated were persecuted mercilessly.

So while Thanksgiving may celebrate the Calvinists Separatists who fled England, Catholics might remember the same unjust laws that granted the crown of martyrdom to Thomas More, John Fisher, Edmund Campion, et al. are the same injustices that led the Pilgrims to Plymouth.

Another bit of trivia is that the truly “First Thanksgiving” celebration occurred on American soil on April 30, 1598 in Texas when Don Juan de OƱate declared a day of Thanksgiving to be commemorated by the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

And let everyone remember that “Thanksgiving” in Greek is Eucharistia. Thus, the Body and Blood of Christ is the true “Thanksgiving Meal”.

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