Thanksgiving Thursday, Black Friday, Giving Tuesday, every day –

    Especially those days when I don’t feel like it –

    That’s when I most need to be able to say thanks

For gratitude itself is a gift.


    All the time –

But don’t play hide and seek with your goodness.

Sometimes I’m a little too weary to search 

Let me rejoice,


    Let forever begin this very moment.

Wall Street Breakfast Invocation Thanksgiving Tuesday November 25, 2014

Ben Hider/NYSE Euronext

As we gather this morning on this eve’s eve of Thanksgiving let us give thanks to God for God is good and his love is everlasting.

Bless the beginning of this day with thoughts and prayers of gratitude for family, friend and colleagues.

Bless the rest of this day and this week with the deeds toward one another that reflect that spirit of gratitude.

Bless our gathering in the prestigious and hallowed place –

The New York Stock Exchange.

We thank you for our host Tom Farley and his colleagues both here in New York and in Atlanta and all our guests and benefactors whose presence and support is greatly appreciated and critically needed.

Almighty God, bless this morning’s testimony to the wonderful synergisms our great country fosters between the diverse sectors of our society to advance the common good.

We thank you for the partnership between Catholic Charities and this exchange and ask your continued blessing upon it.

Almighty God, bless our financial markets, institutions and businesses to drive and strengthen our economy.

And also, bolster the effectiveness and compassion of our charitable institutions in meeting human needs when our economy fails to provide the basics of work, food and home for too many- both in our own country and throughout the world.

Do not curse us with accusatory divisiveness that tears down or rips apart but bless us with a unity that fortifies us to together build a society that is empowering, just and compassionate.

Bless our great institutions – Church, finance and charity — with the integrity that fosters confidence and support.

Do not permit our rapidly changing environment to tempt us with long deceptive expediencies and short well-established values.

And most especially bless those entrusted to the care of Catholic Charities:

The child in need of protection,

The youth needing nurturing,

A family facing hunger or homeless whose crisis needs resolution;

A neighbor with a physical, learning or emotional challenge needing support,

A new American needing to be welcomed and integrated in their new home-

And thousands more of our neighbors – non-Catholic and Catholic alike needing some help and a lot of hope.

And finally, bless the food we are about to share – mindful always of those who are hungry this morning.

And let us conclude where we began;

Let us give thanks to the Lord this Thanksgiving week, next week and every week

And especially those weeks when we don’t quite feel like it

That’s when we most need to be able to say thanks…

For gratitude itself is among the first gifts

For God is good – All the time –

And we ask please don’t play hide and seek with your goodness.

Because sometimes I’m a little too weary to search.

So let us rejoice

For Your love endures forever

And let forever begin this very moment.

Thank you. Amen.

Ferguson, Mo. The United States of America Thanksgiving Week 2014

The rich diversity of races all made in God’s image living together in wonderful harmony – not so much!

Some weeks it’s a stretch to celebrate and be grateful for diversity – even with Thanksgiving at hand.

The diversity with which God blessed humankind sometimes seems more a curse – like now.

So this week I’ll not say much.  I’ll be sad, upset and angry – at so much.

I’ll duck my head and let others comment.

I’ll say a prayer that God can figure this out – because I certainly can’t.

Maybe I’ll try to hate less, and love more.

On JustLove, Listen In to Learn About Teaming Up with Goya in Feeding Our Neighbors and National Geographic’s Food Initiative


L-R: Bob Unanue & Kaitlin Yarnall

On JustLove, listen in as Msgr. Sullivan speaks with Kaitlin Yarnall, Executive Editor, National Geographic about National Geographic’s food initiative. Also on the show is  Bob Unanue, President of  Goya Foods. Msgr and Mr. Unanue speak about Goya Gives and their recent donation of 300,000 pounds of food to our Feeding Our Neighbors Campaign.

Tune In to JustLove This Week to Hear About Political Polarization and the History of Voter Suppression in America


L-R: La Raja and Blake

Msgr. Sullivan speaks with John Kennedy Blake, Writer/Producer of Msgr. and Blake discuss who controls the Senate and  the history of voter suppression in America. Also on the show is Ray La Raja, Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Amherst and Founding Editor of The Forum. La Raja and Msgr speak about what might increase or decrease political polarization in the years to come.

Join the Discussion Philanthropy & The New York City Marathon on JustLove

Msgr. Sullivan speaks with Patrick Rooney, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research at Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Rooney and Msgr. talk about  how can an organization create an emotional connection to its cause. Also on the show is Rusty McGranahan who will be running with Team Catholic Charities in Sunday’s TCS New York City Marathon.