| By Most Rev. Jacques Fabre-Jeune

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ – November 2023

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

May the peace and love of the Lord be with you in this season of Thanksgiving. In a special way this month, we call to mind all the blessings in our lives, especially those things that we commonly take for granted. Perhaps we forget sometimes to appreciate our families and those who accompany us in our journey toward heaven.

We read in the book of Psalms, “How good and how pleasant it is, when brothers dwell together as one!” (133:1). It is in fellowship with our families that we experience Christ’s love. It is also where we are given the most opportunities to purify our love for our relatives and the domestic Church.

Our families are never perfect, and we ought to remember this when we break bread around the table together. It is important to forgive the transgressions, to replace feelings of resentment with good will, to always first love the person. True and genuine love is willing the good of the other, lightening the burdens of those around us.

Jesus’ sacrifice for us compels us to do the same for our spouses, siblings, children and yes, in-laws.

It is also important to honor those who have gone before us — especially in this month when we remember the saints and all souls — recalling and continuing family traditions. Our greatest tradition as Catholics and as one family is the celebration of the Eucharist, the real and perfect thanksgiving, the eternal feast that always sustains us.

Above all, “See that no one returns evil for evil; rather, always seek what is good [both] for each other and for all. Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thes 5:15-18).

I wish you and your families a happy Thanksgiving! I pray our heavenly Father continues to bless you with all good things.


In Christ’s love,

Most Rev. Jacques Fabre-Jeune, CS

Bishop of Charleston