St. Jerome Emiliani
Yesterday we celebrated the feast of a saint who inspired this reflection. He is not one of the well-known saints to say the least. Don’t tell me you knew Jerome Emiliani. If I learned about him in the seminary, I since have forgotten. He was a prisoner of war and prayed to Mary to free him. After his prayers were answered, he finally returned home to Venice and wanted to do something with his spirit of thanksgiving and he devoted all his energy and resources to care for abandoned children. His spirit moved him to further care for all those neglected. He truly thanked God with his care for the poor.
So he challenged me to do something with my gratitude. I got good news from my recent trips to doctors. I really thought that I was going to have to have a hip replacement on both hips. Turned out I needed neither so I have to figure out a good gift of Thanksgiving to God. I need to be like grateful Jake…thirty days has September, April, June and November And Jake…he gets out Sunday…He is going to church!