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Thanksgiving – Loyalty

As an exercise in almsgiving over the next 40 days, this webpage will joyfully give up its praise and thanks for one aspect of life, and not always necessarily a religious one.

As we head towards the Mass of the Last Supper and Calvary, and the telling actions of Judas and Peter, it is time to give thanks for the virtue of loyalty. The dictionary describes the quality as a faithfulness or devotion to a person, country, group or cause. There are many great examples of it throughout history.

Think of US Korean war widow Josephine Gantt, who went against her late husband’s wishes to remarry should he fall in battle. Instead she remained faithful to his memory until the time she could give him a proper burial. His remains were relocated in Korea and repatriated to America, 63 years after his death. Josephine was true to her word.

In the animal kingdom there is the story of Japanese dog Hachiko. This beloved pet would to walk daily with his master to the morning train and then return to await his arrival in the afternoon for several years. When the master died unexpectedly of a brain haemorrhage, Hachiko returned to the train station at the customary afternoon time for a further 9 years, until his own death. A statue of the dog was cast and positioned in honour of both owner and pet at the train station.

Hachiko the dog

From the sporting world there is the story of Shane Crawford, who, as the brightest young prospect in the 1993 AFL draft, was assigned to the sputtering Hawthorn side. For 14 long years he toiled as one of their few star players, when higher contracts and the chance to play with more successful teams were dangled in front of him. In 2008, his swan song year, the team won the premiership and he played a strong hand in the victory.

Shane Crawford

Finally from the literary world, there is the story of friendship between JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis. Gifted writers and scholars, they could have become rivals, yet their friendship remained rock solid and loyal for years, even bearing up under the potential threat of having to critique each other’s work.

J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis

For all the great displays of loyalty and faithfulness evidenced day in and day out, we say thank you. In a world of inevitable change, it is nice to see some people and things never slip their moorings.

Previous thanksgiving article: Children

The season of Lent asks of us for sacrifice and the foregoing of many things, but an attitude of joy and gratitude should not be amongst them.

As an exercise in almsgiving over the next 40 days, this webpage will joyfully give up its praise and thanks for one aspect of life, and not always necessarily a religious one.

At the outset it should be made clear the viewpoints expressed here are a matter of individual opinion. If any one item doesn’t coincide with your own personal tastes then why not seek to better it with some thanksgiving of your own rather than a critique? You are always welcome to do so at the Archdiocesan website feedback mechanism.

So we invite you to come, walk with us awhile, and be thankful as we journey together to Calvary and beyond to Easter.

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