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Monday, November 13, 2006

Benedic, Domine, nos et haec tua dona

CWnews reports that Pope Benedict is urging a renewal of the regular practice of giving thanks before meals:

Pope Benedict said that the regular practice of giving thanks before meals is a custom that "should be preserved and rediscovered, because it teaches us not to take our 'daily bread' for granted, but to recognize it as a gift." That gift, in turn, comes reflects the bounty of the earth's resources, the Pope observed, and mankind should always protect natural resources, showing respect for nature and consideration for future generations. [Emphasis Added.]

Pope Benedict sure knows how to cut to the heart of a matter. For all the thousands of times I have prayed grace before meals, I've probably never truly appreciated the importance of the prayer. Thanks for the reminder Papa! And just in time for lunch!

Oremus. Benedic, Domine, nos et haec tua dona quae de tua largitate sumus sumpturi per Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.

Edamus!

Translation:

Let us pray. Bless us, O Lord, and these Thy gifts which we are about to receive from Thy bounty, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Let's eat!

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