Although Italy is well known for its culinary delights, and an Italian pranzo (lunch) can go on for 3-4 hours, there is no feast which directly thanks God for his agricultural blessings. Perhaps because the Italian culture was directly infused by a Christian culture which saw every meal as a thanks-giving, no such feast was ever necessary. Nevertheless we Americans in Norcia take delight in celebrating the great feast of Thanksgiving. It is one of three occasions during the year (along with Christmas and Easter) in which we monks eat meat within the enclosure. In fact, the local citizens have become so accustomed to this feast that we commonly receive anonymous gifts of Turkey any time we have a celebration!
The monastic community this year gives special thanks to God for preserving Fr Cassian’s health, for the successful beginning of our new brewery, and especially to all of you who support us with your prayers and encouragement. Dio Vi Benedica!