A day to be thankful

Things are going to be slow around InsideCatholic today, as the staff is celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday. On behalf of the entire team, we wish you a blessed day, full of gratitude for the gifts God has bestowed on all of us.

In case you’re in a reading mood, here are a few interesting links…

David Gibson reports on survey data that shows a notable partisan divide when it comes to saying grace before meals:

According to David Campbell and Robert Putnam, authors of “American Grace: How Religion Divides And Unites Us,” a sweeping new survey of faith in the United States, 44 percent of Americans report saying grace or a similar blessing almost every day before eating while 46 percent almost never say it. There is hardly any middle ground on this issue, and, they write, “few things about a person correspond as tightly to partisanship as saying grace.”

“The more often you say grace, the more likely you are to find a home in the Republican Party, and the less likely you are to identify with the Democrats,” Campbell and Putnam write.

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If you happen to find yourself staring at the cooked bird on your Thanksgiving table, and realize you don’t know much about the history of the noble turkey, the Los Angeles Times has you covered. 

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And if you’re short a stuffing recipe, and you’d like one with a story behind it, here’s Marilyn Monroe’s variation, written in her own hand (she added raisins, chestnuts, walnuts, and…  peanuts?). Any other Thanksgiving favorites out there? I’m partial to sweet potato pie, jellied cranberry sauce (alas, from the can), and dry cornbread stuffing.

Brian Saint-Paul


Brian Saint-Paul was the editor and publisher of Crisis Magazine. He has a BA in Philosophy and an MA in Religious Studies from the Catholic University of America, in Washington. D.C. In addition to various positions in journalism and publishing, he has served as the associate director of a health research institute, a missionary, and a private school teacher. He lives with his wife in a historic Baltimore neighborhood, where he obsesses over Late Antiquity.

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