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‘This Little Light of Mine’ Can Break Thanksgiving Ice, Bishop Says

November 25, 2021

Worried about the pre-meal prayer in front of non-religious people on Thanksgiving?

Try singing “This Little Light of Mine,” says Bishop William Byrne, the Roman Catholic bishop of Springfield.

The familiar tune begins: “This little light of mine / I’m gonna let it shine …”

“One of the things that it does is, it makes people relax right away. So, that’s my little secret. It’s yours now,” Bishop Byrne told The Berkshire Eagle.

The newspaper interviewed clerics from various faith traditions in highly secular western Massachusetts seeking advice for Thanksgiving prayers when some people at the table don’t believe in God or don’t follow Him.

The bishop advised trying to get people in your midst to be thankful.

“An attitude of gratitude is the way to a happy life,” Bishop Byrne said, according to The Berkshire Eagle. “If you recognize that all is ‘gift’ and the moment that we have is the only thing that we really, truly have, the more that we cherish that moment and cherish the people in it, the more alive we are.”


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