Dear Members of Saint Xavier University:
As we gather with family and friends to share the grace of a Thanksgiving meal, let us all share a moment to be grateful as well for the strength that is our Saint Xavier community. While others may cast about for meaning and purpose in their lives, we have nearly 4,400 reasons to be proud of the difference we make each and every day. I am humbled by all that you give — and I am grateful.
My wish for our faculty and staff is that you will find special moments in this holiday to enrich the lives you share with our students. And my wish for our students is that they will return to us from this holiday — rested and energized for what lies ahead.
As I have before, I close with a prayer of thanks by Ted Loder and included in the book “Guide My Feet” by Marian Wright Edelman, author and founder of the Children’s Defense Fund. It captures the common gratitude of all humanity:
Thank you . . .
For justice which repairs the devastations of poverty;
For liberty which extends to the captives of violence;
For healing which binds up the broken-bodied and the broken-hearted;
For bread broken for all the hungry earth;
For good news of love which is stronger than death;
And for peace for all to sit under fig trees and not be afraid. . . .
Enjoy the holiday and your travels; we look forward to your safe return.