God of all people, we pray that our church leaders will set the example to the faithful to be mindful of those who are the oppressed in society.  Inspire Pope Francis to denounce the Doctrine of Discovery which justifies the abuse of indigenous peoples.

As we gather with our families and friends on this Thanksgiving, let us be grateful for all of our blessings. Open our minds and hearts to those who differ from us so that we may engage in meaningful dialogue.

Let us show homage to our Jewish sisters and brothers who celebrate the eight days of Hanukkah beginning Sunday night. And let us be grateful for all of the rich Jewish traditions which we have adopted in our Catholic rituals.

As we enter into the holy season of Advent, let us be mindful of our need to prepare for the coming of the Lord. Help us to always be aware of our sisters and brothers in need.

Loving Father, help those who have lost a loved one to find comfort in your sweet spirit, especially during these holidays when they are so keenly missed.

Terry Trudeau