“Give thanks for unknown blessings, already on their way.”

 The title of my Thanksgiving reflection is a Native American saying.

I started my birthday month of October 2016 being told I had cancer. In October 2017 treatments were concluded and I was given the NED (No evidence of disease) news.  Throughout this year, I had a strong sense of what the anonymous Native American knew about God’s grace in his life.

So many blessings were already on the way even as I and we prayed for them.  So much support, so many prayers came from so many people.  I felt and feel grateful, humbled and appreciative, locked in a deep sense of awe.

I learned that the whole thing was not really about me, but about God who called us on this journey. As I gave more time to medical issues, I wondered aloud to God about who was going to tend to the work here.  That is when I had a “moment” as they say.  Somehow I understood that I was to get out of God’s way and let the Divine do the work. Yikes! Could it be so?   When people assistance and financial help began coming from various sources, I knew it was so.

As I relaxed into total faith and believing, God continued to inspire those who could and would bring in the help needed.  So many of you let yourselves be the miracles God wanted to give us for our children.  Again the word awe comes to my mind, heart and fingers.  I stand in grateful awe of how so many of you responded to God’s nudge and grace.

BSA and PVA teachers and staff, Alumna, Alumni and spouses, friends, family and even those who just read or heard about us, God found in you treasured sons and daughters who said yes to requests for miracle assistance. Thanks to all of you.  You are treasured in my heart and prayers.

And, you are certainly treasured in the heart of God. THANK YOU.  GOD BLESS YOU.

Congratulations and Gratitude,





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5 Responses to “Give thanks for unknown blessings, already on their way.”

  1. David York says:

    Sister Odilia,
    Thank you for sharing with us your Thanksgiving reflections. We know that through God’s intersections and mercies that he is not finished with your works here with us.
    Know that you have been and always be in our prayers,
    Bill and David

  2. Sr. Frances Cabrini Janvier says:

    What a beautiful grace. Happy Thanksgiving.

  3. Hope Evans says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Season to all of you ! Thank you for your perspective of God’s Graces. Yes you are truly blessed. You have been through a lot in the last yr. I am grateful that He has made a path for you to thrive. God bless you for what you do for All of us.

  4. Peggy Trochta says:

    That is beautiful Sister! How encouraging and uplifting…God is so amazing in his beautiful plan for all of us! Love you, Peggy

  5. Mary Magdalene Navarro-Farr says:

    Thank you Sister Odelia: What a refreshing, beautiful and humble reflection you gift us! I’m so grateful to God for the gift of your health. I appreciate your calling out the gentle mercy with which He guides you, your works and really all our endeavors as we continue on our life pilgrimage through this life. I pray that you and the Sisters, all the workers in the vineyard who keep BSA alive and the many good works that our Alma Mater continues to pour forth. Blessings and Thank you again. Blessings!

    Best wishes for a very Happy Thanksgiving.

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