Message Sent To:All Faculty, All Staff, All Students
Message From:Message from Dr. Rooney
Date Sent:Monday, November 23, 2020 09:00 AM CST

Finding Gratitude

November 23, 2020

Dear Loyola Community,

As we approach our national Thanksgiving holiday, many of us may be struck with a sense of irony, and initially, may feel a bit strained to list things for which we are grateful this particular year. However, St. Ignatius regularly reminds us through his Spiritual Exercises that the most fundamental response to God’s presence—which is found everywhere—is our own gratitude for being loved.

In the midst of loved ones becoming ill and even dying, loneliness and despair due to uncertainty, jobs being lost due to the pandemic, and the isolation of teaching and learning online, it may be understandably difficult to feel gratitude. Perhaps in realizing that we are not alone and reaching out to rely on one another, we can glimpse God’s presence and muster a sense of gratitude.

In closing, I offer a Persian proverb that captures some of my sentiment this Thanksgiving:

I sought my God,
My God I could not see.
I sought my soul,
My soul eluded me.
I sought my neighbor,
And I found all three.

The entire Loyola University Chicago community remains in my thoughts and prayers this Thanksgiving. I am grateful for all of you and for the mission we share.

God bless,

Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD