October 16, 2020

Share the blessings and moments from your life this year for which you are especially grateful

When President Abraham Lincoln formally declared Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863, the United States was a nation divided, struggling with the issues of race and in the midst of a tragedy that was killing hundreds of thousands of Americans.

As we live in a similar time, it’s often hard to focus on the blessings in our lives. Still, there are many for most of us. And while acknowledging how challenging and even devastating this year has been, The Criterion is inviting our readers to share what they are thankful for as another Thanksgiving approaches. We hope to publish a list of our readers’ blessings in the Nov. 20 issue of the paper leading up to Thanksgiving Day on Nov. 26 this year.

Please consider sharing a blessing, a gift, an encounter, a story, a moment of hope, joy, compassion or love from your life this year for which you are especially grateful. Whether it’s a simple reason to be thankful or a life-changing one, we will appreciate all the positive responses we receive.

Send your submissions to John Shaughnessy by e-mail at jshaughnessy@archindy.org or by mail in care of The Criterion, 1400 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46202. Please include your parish and a daytime phone number where you can be reached. †

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