This Thanksgiving we the
people of Catholic health care have much to be grateful for. While
COVID-19 still lingers, we have made incredible strides reducing the spread of
this deadly virus. Because of the vaccine and boosters, we’re able to
gather with friends and family this holiday season. Another reason to be
thankful is that we have been called to serve in a special healing
ministry. Together, we bring exceptional care to our patients and hope and
healing to our communities.
I recognize that for many,
feeling grateful may be more difficult during these extremely challenging
times. Burnout, financial pressures, workforce shortages, and anxiety
about the future of our country and the health of our planet can be deeply
Saint Mother Teresa of
Calcutta, once said, “the best way to show my gratitude is to accept everything,
even my problems, with joy.” Adopting a joyful attitude opens our hearts,
allowing us to embrace gratitude and see the goodness of God all around
us. I encourage you to think about Mother Teresa’s words and welcome
gratitude into your heart.
This season, I’m more thankful
than ever for the dedication and commitment of all who serve in Catholic health
care. May you and your loved ones have a blessed and joyful Thanksgiving.
Catholic Health Association of the United States is the national
leadership organization of the Catholic health ministry, representing
the largest nonprofit provider of health care services in the nation.
- 1 in 7 patients in the U.S. is cared for in a Catholic hospital each day.
- Catholic health care, which includes more than
2,200 hospitals, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, systems,
sponsors, and related organizations, serves the full continuum of health
care across our nation.