Classes are in session today and Rome bustles around as normal. We priests here feel especially like the "stranieri" (literally, strangers - foreigners) that we are. So from this small island of Americans who celebrate Thanksgiving, which the Casa is today, we think of our families and friends, wishing them a Happy Thanksgiving. Today, Archbishop Raymond Burke, Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, will preside at Mass. We will then have a very American meal - including turkey I'm told.
your gifts of love are countless
and your goodness infinite.
On Thanksgiving Day we come before you
with gratitude for your kindness:
open our hearts to concern for our fellow men and women,
so that we may share your gifts in loving service.
- Opening Collect, Proper for Thanksgiving Day (USA)