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Thanksgiving Message

Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Our national tradition of giving thanks at this time each November is an occasion that our nation proudly celebrates. The Thanksgiving holiday gives us a short respite to reflect on our many blessings and voice our gratitude – for our family, friends and colleagues who have shaped and inspired us, for the simple graces in our everyday lives that give us peace and joy, and even for those circumstances that challenge us as we strive to fulfill our potential as co-creators in God’s work.

In the Santa Clara University community, our blessings are abundant, and we have much for which we can be grateful. We are a community filled with a special spirit of generosity and commitment to a mission that seeks the betterment of students and of the common good, in heart, mind, and soul. I count among my many blessings the opportunity to be a part of this community, to engage, debate, and reflect with you as we strive to be better as individuals and as an institution. I am grateful for all you do to make Santa Clara the special place it is, focused on developing students who are grounded in faith, formed in ethics, and engaged in the intellectual life.

This Thanksgiving, my prayer for you is that you find time to recall your blessings.  May you celebrate them with those you love, and give thanks for them in ways fitting to your spiritual traditions.  If gratitude is the memory of the heart, I pray your memories are plentiful and your heart is full. I shall remember all of you and your families with gratitude in my Mass and prayers on Thanksgiving Day. 

With best wishes,

Michael E. Engh, S.J.

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