Thursday, November 27, 2008

REAL first Thanksgiving: Catholic Mass in 1565 Florida

As Father Jay Toborowsky and others have pointed out, the FIRST Thanksgiving was NOT in 1621 Plymouth with Protestant Pilgrims, rather, it was in 1565 Florida (St. Augustine) with Catholic Spaniards and Native Americans.

Squanto was the Native American man who mediated between the Puritan Pilgrims and the Native Americans. Squanto had been enslaved by Protestant English but he was freed by Catholic Spanish Franciscans. Squanto was baptzed and became a Catholic Christian. So it was a baptized Catholic Native American who orchestrated what became known as Thanksgiving even in 1621.


Don't forget that in addition to PETITION, CONTRITION, and ADORATION, the fourth valid type of prayer is APPRECIATION (thanksgiving). The best way to express thanks is the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass whereby the Holy Eucharist is made present by the Priest on the altar. The Greek word for 'giving thanks' is the root word (eukaristein) eukaristein) for EUCHARIST. Although not a Holyday of obligation, Catholic Americans should go to Mass on Thanksgiving BEFORE indulging in food and football.

In our Italian home, we had Turkey with trimmings PLUS lasagna, ravioli, meatballs, sausage, pumpkin pie and Sicilian ricotta pie. We ate for hours, rested, ate, rested, ate, etc. In between, my aunts and uncles and cousins yelled, screamed, ranted and raved about anything and everything. No holds barred. We were LOUD and spoke in three languages: English, Italian and Sicilian. My parents and grandparents, however, made sure we showed our gratitude and appreciation by going to Church for MASS before our culinary ecstasy and gastronomic nirvana. THEN CAME THE BRIOSCHI (Italian alka-seltzer)


Jeff Miller said...

Catholic Democrats allowed the party to go pro-abortion even if they did not like it. Sure there was an initial reaction to this happening, but it was not something continuous. It simply became something they "didn't like" but were willing to put up with for other issues.

I am quite thankful that many Catholics were so adverse to Rudy Giuliani's run. If only Catholic Democrats had such a strong reaction. Though there were certainly many Rudy apologists in the GOP including some Catholics.

I would love to be arguing about prudential matters instead about things that are intrinsically evil.

Jeff Miller said...

Delete my last comment, some old text got in there.

The Florida Catholic had an excellent article on this a couple of years ago which I previously posted.

I live about 40 minutes from St. Augustine and every time I go down there I remember about how cool this is and the fact that the oldest city in the U.S. was settled by Catholics.

Anonymous said...

You introduced a new concept to me - valid types of prayer. I am concerned - I want to ensure that my prayers are valid - do you have any more information?

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