Giving thanks is not only good and polite. It’s not just a thoughtful gesture. Fr. Mike says, and the words we say in Mass seem to agree, giving thanks is necessary for our salvation—especially when it comes to giving thanks to God. We begin Mass by saying “It is right and just” to give God thanks. Not only that, the priest continues by saying: “It is our duty and salvation always and everywhere to give you thanks.” The word Eucharist means to give thanks—so it makes sense for Mass to start with this theme—but do we give proper thanks to God for the miraculous gifts he has given us to enjoy every day? Our health, sight, hearing, even simply having someone who cares about you, all of these things are just some blessings we should thank God for because there are many who do not enjoy them. This Thanksgiving, let’s try to take this spirit of gratitude beyond this necessary holiday.