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Thanksgiving Newspaper Five Pounds, 44 Inserts, Over 850 Pages

November 27, 2013

For many this is what Thanksgiving now means.

Shopping.  Greed.

I post this notice that came from a friend who works for a newspaper….an industry I dearly love and respect.  But as you read the following ask yourself if this is not the epitome of how Thanksgiving is now viewed in the nation?

“The Early Bird edition of the Telegraph Herald Thanksgiving Day paper is now available at the Kennedy Mall parking lot. Be The First to review the 5 pound paper, full of 44 inserts containing over 850 pages!”

I find that a very sad statement about many things.  Greed would be at the top of that list.  But then I am reminded there are still forces for good that try and make a difference.  Though I am not Catholic I find the actions and words of Pope Francis moving, and timely.

His Apostolic Exhortation released this week is thought-provoking, and reads in part–

“Some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system. Meanwhile, the excluded are still waiting. To sustain a lifestyle which excludes others, or to sustain enthusiasm for that selfish ideal, a globalization of indifference has developed. Almost without being aware of it, we end up being incapable of feeling compassion at the outcry of the poor, weeping for other people’s pain, and feeling a need to help them, as though all this were someone else’s responsibility and not our own. The culture of prosperity deadens us; we are thrilled if the market offers us something new to purchase; and in the meantime all those lives stunted for lack of opportunity seem a mere spectacle; they fail to move us.”

2 Comments
  1. November 27, 2013 1:51 PM

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!! Thanks for making me smile countless times this year.

  2. Alinka permalink
    November 27, 2013 1:23 PM

    What an excellent and appropriate article, Greg. Happy Thanksgiving ! 🙂

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