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    • Maximilian Kolbe
      By Maximilian Kolbe in The CH Times 18
      𝕿𝖍𝖊 𝕮𝕳 𝕿𝖎𝖒𝖊𝖘
      Hello everyone and welcome to the Thanksgiving edition of the CH Times! Of late things have been quite crazy with the weather, clocks, and who knows what else changing! But thankfully the time to relax with a bit of time off around Thanksgiving is almost here! And so, without further ado, I give you the thoughts of @Philip “Flip” Fender upon the philosophy of Thanksgiving!
      “Deo Gratias” by Philip “Flip” Fender
      CH Times Article #3
      Written on 11/12/2019
      It’s that time of year again: the grass in the front yard suddenly becoming mountains of leaves,
      jackets being bought from Walmart in mass quantities, and that 22-pound turkey taking up half of the
      room in your refrigerator as it thaws. Yep, it’s autumn, and with autumn comes Thanksgiving.
      Ah, yes, Thanksgiving. That wonderful holiday, complete with family members you hardly know
      cramming themselves into your house, only to stuff their faces full of aromatic food that took four days to
      cook and only twenty minutes to eat. The old geezers of the family will sit by the TV, watching the
      Army-Navy game while drinking as much beer as they can hold. You and your brothers and cousins will
      be out in the front yard, playing your own football game as if your life depends on it. The women of the
      group will hang in the kitchen, talking about the latest family news and gossip. Yes, Thanksgiving is a
      holiday for all, but is this all it’s about?
      For most, Thanksgiving is truly a day of eating and football, and nothing more, but what truly is
      the meaning behind the only day when people manage to literally eat half their weight? As most of y’all
      probably know, the first Thanksgiving was a large feast eaten by the Puritan pilgrims in the New World
      as a sign of thanks for all that God and the local Native Americans had given them. For some, this is still
      what they celebrate when they have the famous turkey on Thanksgiving: a heartfelt “Thanks!” to God and
      their family for all of their blessing, be it health or a good job.
      Now, I’m sure we all have things we are especially thankful for this time of year—I myself am
      accumulating a long list. But perhaps even we Catholics have missed the true meaning behind this feast.
      The first kind of true “Thanksgiving” is found in the Book of the Exodus. Even after their escape
      from Egypt, the Jews, God’s Chosen People, still celebrated the Passover as a remembrance of their
      escape, and as a way of thanking God for delivering them from Pharaoh. Of course, we Americans and
      Canadians haven’t been delivered by God out the hands of our oppressors (oh but that phrase sounds
      cool), but we still have much to be thankful for.
      We all have a loving family to support and protect us, we’ve been blessed with ding-dang great
      school curriculum, and we’ve all overcome some kind of adversity that we feel especially thankful for.
      This is still not enough, however. Could there be another kind of Thanksgiving feast that fulfills this
      longing, this lack of proper gratitude?
      Consider the most important words we hear every Sunday: “Hoc est enim Corpus meum... Haec
      quotiescúmque fecéritis, in mei memóriam faciétis” (“This is My Body... As often as ye do these things,
      ye shall do them in remembrance of Me”). “In remembrance of Me”: that’s the important line here. The
      Mass, the Perfect Sacrifice, the Unbloody Calvary, is said, per Jesus’ orders, in memory of Our
      Redeemer. As the Baltimore Catechism teaches, the four main ends of the Mass are: Adoration,
      Contrition, Petition, and Thanksgiving. Through Adoration, we praise Jesus Christ, in unity with the
      Father and the Holy Ghost, as Lord of All, our God. Through Contrition, we tell God how truly sorry we
      are for our sins and make as solemn of a promise as we can not to commit them again. Through Petition,
      we ask God for special favors to help us both spiritually and temporally, to help us fight against sin and
      the worldly troubles that might befall us. But what about the end of Thanksgiving?
      Through Thanksgiving, we thank God for all of His gifts, both spiritual and temporal. What has
      God given us to be thankful for? First of all, we are blessed, and should be eternally thankful, for our life
      as a human being: without our physical life, we wouldn’t be able to experience this life here on earth.
      Moreover, had God not created us, we wouldn’t be able to join Him in Heaven.
      There’s more than this, however. If God had not sacrificed His Son, Jesus Christ, Adam’s folly
      would not have been corrected, and it would not be possible for any of us to enter into eternal glory.
      So, on this Thanksgiving, thank God for all of His gifts, both spiritual and temporal, in the most
      sincere way possible: attend the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and remember that it is the God of All that
      you owe your existence to.
      A warm, Southern, blessed Thanksgiving to you all,
      Philip “Flip” Fender
      Before starting our next article on crafts, I would like everyone to note that there is an art contest going on! Talk to @Otter rose and @SmartKitty16 for details:

      With a special Thanksgiving craft we have @Clara_hu!
      You will need the following items in order to proceed:
      Mason jar center piece.
      You will need:
      (You should be able to find most of these things at Dollar Tree)
      A mason jar.
      White, gold, and red paint.
      Fake fall leaves.
       Electric tea light.
      Raffia, twine, or ribbon.
      Paint brush or craft sponge.
              Brush on one coat of white paint, fading as you go up and stopping about halfway up the jar.  Once the white paint is dry add a coat of gold paint, fading a little more than halfway up the white, and let it dry.  Next fade the red halfway up the gold.  Once it’s dry use a dry brush to apply a light layer of gold paint. I added the gold unevenly so that some places were more obviously gold than others.  Once everything is dry seal it with one or two layers of modpodge (if you have some other kind of protective thing but not Modpodge you can use that).  Glue two fake leaves to the rim of the jar and tie a piece of Raffia, twine, or ribbon around the rim.  Add the tea light and you’re done! The finished product should look something like this:

      @Marin Clare Wilder took a recent trip to Chicago and had quite the adventure! Detailed below:
      I’d make this short and sweet but that’d be no fun, so you get the long story, Ladies and Gents. :
      ) I went Chicago. As me, my sister, and two girl cousins were coming in for landing (Southwest
      is a great airline, jsyk), the lights of the neighborhoods around the airport looked like rows of
      corn ripe for the picking. Bad analogy, I know, but that’s what they made me think of. We were
      flying alone, the four of us, but out aunt was waiting to pick us up. We caught a taxi to her condo
      in a building which might have had a Transformers movie filmed on it. Anyways, because it was
      late, 11:00 about, we went to bed right away, the youngest, one of my cousins, in a bed, me on
      the couch, and my sister and other cousin on the floor.
      We woke up about eight and had a breakfast of eggs and hot chocolate. (Oh, yeah, we had hot
      coco before bed, too.) After breakfast we bundled up, (Chicago’s not the Windy City for
      nothing!) and set out for our first destination: the Sears Tower and it’s Sky Deck Ledge! Security
      wasn’t open when we arrived so we left my sister and older cousin to wait in line while I, my
      aunt, and other cousin fetched donuts from a shop just above. We enjoyed the donuts back in
      line while waiting for the Ledge to open and finished them before it was. (Yum!)
      The Ledge was awesome! We went into the glass box protruding from the side of the building
      and I can tell you that looking down while you stepped out was a mistake. I did it and I froze,
      looked up, then completed my step. It was 103 floors to the ground! More than 1300 feet I
      believe. We saw Chicago from that high vantage point for a bit then left to go back to my aunt’s
      condo for lunch which we picked up at a subway along the way. We also got a tin and bag of
      popcorn for dessert. While she attended a meeting, we rested in her condo, for me and my
      sister that meant naps. It was a nice nap.
      That afternoon, we went to the Chicago Art Institute and viewed their Arms and Armor exhibit,
      the miniatures exhibit, and the exhibit for American Art before the 1900’s. We also stopped by
      their paperweight exhibit. We quickly tired of the museum and so we set out towards the
      Millennium Park and the Bean! We got some cool pictures (unfortunately I don’t have them just
      now...) and had a great few minutes there. Then we stopped by the building my aunt works in
      and visited her office. The sight was amazing! The sun was setting already.
      We went to Mass at 5:00, then we went to dinner at the Chicago Union League Club. It was
      fancy, but I am easily filled and couldn’t enjoy it all. The chicken and dumpling soup I had was
      delicious tho. Again when we got ‘home’ after a brief shopping trip, we went straight to bed and
      got a little more sleep than the previous night. Oh yeah, and I put on makeup, even though I hate it,
      because my mom wanted me to. She told me to bring it for the dinner. XP
      That was Friday.
      Saturday began with a breakfast of Lucky Charms and more hot chocolate. Because we wanted
      to be warm in the afternoon, we elected to go on the Willington (I think that was it...) boat Lake
      and River Architecture tour in the morning. First we went out to the lake where our guide
      pointed out famous skyscrapers and tall buildings. The lake was acting more like the ocean, and
      it was really cool! We went through a lock to get into the lake from the river and into the river
      from the lake. On the river part of the tour, many buildings were pointed out that I don’t
      remember besides the ‘corncob’ towers, and the Trump tower. After the cold ride, we went
      to a nearby pizza shop and had Chicago deep-dish pizza. Lou Malnati’s was the name, if I
      remember correctly. The pizza was excellent and too filling. We didn’t finish the whole pizza. So
      we returned to my aunt’s condo and left it in the refrigerator for dinner before taking an Uber to
      the Museum of Science and Industry. We entered the museum and went first to the storm
      section where they had a mini tornado, a tsunami simulator (not very impressive) and a spinning
      sand thing which showed the effect of an avalanche. We went to find a specific exhibit and
      signed up for a mirror maze along the way. Then we received directions to where we wanted to
      got. An exhibit where you wear a band that measures brain waves and you try to relax and
      move a ball to your opponent’s side by being more relaxed. (I won against my younger cousin.
      My sister won against the other cousin. And my aunt beat that cousin for a more active brain...)
      then, very nearby, we went to an exhibit which displays the development cycle of a baby, which
      the exhibits for were real babies that had died from natural causes or because of accidents and
      were used with the parents’ permission. It reminded me of Seton’s first chapter in Biology about
      babies. We returned to the Mirror Maze because it was almost time for our group to enter and
      stopped by the toys maker spot because we were early. When we entered the Mirror Maze
      exhibit there was a lot about breaking everything in creation down into shapes and how many
      things have the golden angle (or rule or whatever). The mirror maze was freaky!!!!!! It was dark
      and the mirrors were set in equilateral triangles with one side always without a mirror. There
      were lights on the floor that light it up enough. Because of how the angles were, you rarely saw
      yourself in the mirrors but constantly saw other people until they actually appeared and you
      almost ran into them. It was mind boggling!!!! We made it out and then spent a little bit of time
      each taking a turn at a computer thing that measured your height and ‘wingspan’. I don’t
      remember what mine was if you are wondering.
      After that, us kids went through the maze once more while our aunt waited at the other end.
      Then we went to the exhibit of the U-505, which was a German U boat the American’s captured.
      They studied it and the documents in it before it was transported to Chicago. The story of its
      capture is really cool.
      The museum was closing so we tried to find out way out and ended up going to the wrong exit
      in the Space exhibit. We got glimpses of it while wandering about then we were directed back to
      the correct exit. We caught a taxi back to my aunt’s condo where dinner was leftovers and
      several cups of Chocolate Milk besides. Then we packed up and took the train to Midway
      Airport and made it through security without a hitch, caught our flight, and reached home safely.
      In my opinion, Kansas City is better because it has way less skyscrapers. Chicago was
      beautiful, but I’m definitely not a city girl. : )
      Follow up on that with a great movie review by @Shadow_Hunter37!
      Miracle (2004)
      Produced by Walt Disney
      Miracle is a 2004 inspirational sports film directed by Gavin O’Connor. The movie follows the real life US Olympic hockey team on their journey from college players to world champions and to participate in sports’ most famous event, the Miracle on Ice. The movie is set in the 80’s, at the height of the Cold War. The Soviet Union team was considered unbeatable at the time, having won the last 4 gold medals and even beating the National Hockey League’s all-stars. The Americans came from behind to beat the Soviets 4-3 and to later win the gold medal after beating Finland. Kurt Russel’s performance as harsh coach Herb Brooks is one of the many highlights of the film. The camerawork is pretty amazing, even if a little distracting. If you’re not a fan of history (shame on you then) and politics, the movie often steers away from these, only mentioning certain events that were happening at the time for just a few seconds. The movie often uses the underdog sports movie clichés, but it is all historically accurate, even down to the announcers’ calls and to the goals. If you are unfamiliar with the basic rules of hockey, it would be a good idea to read a quick summary of them before you watch this movie. If you watched just a couple games previously that should be good enough to go by. I strongly recommend watching this movie, maybe even during the holidays. It definitely ranks in my top ten favorite movies if not my top five. (The ending always brings a tear to my eyes, so don’t think you’re weak if that happens to you).
      Rating: PG for language and some rough sports action.
      Random fact about the movie: the actors that got on the ice to film the scenes were all trained hockey players.
      Let me know what you think of this movie if you have seen it already.

      @Loki_Lover wrote about saints again in what will hopefully become a regular piece! I sure am learning a lot. XD
      St. Albert of Magdeburg
      St. Albert of Magdeburg was born in Germany in 910. He was a monk of St. Maximin Benedictine monastery in Treves. He was sent to convert the subjects of Princess Olga. She became a Christian at the age of 70.  Albert spent four years in the imperial court of Olga’s son and became abbot of Weissenburg Abbey. There, he became known as a patron of learning. In 962, at the insistence of Otto, he became the first archbishop of Magdeburg. He died on a visit to Merseburg on June 20, 981.  

      St. Teresa of Avila
      St. Teresa was born on March 28, 1515.  She is the patron saint of headache sufferers and Spanish Catholic writers. She was born Teresa Ali Fatim Corella Sanchez de Capeda y Ahumada in Avila. She died on October 4, 1582. She was canonized on March 12, 1622 by Pope Gregory XV.
      St. Finbar 
      St. Finbar was born in Connaught, Ireland in 550 and was the son of an artisan and a lady of the court. He was educated at Kilmacahil in Kilkenny. He is the patron saint of Cork. His feast day is September 25, 620.  He served in southern Ireland and Scotland. 

      Currently this shall be ended with a wonderful poem by @LiterallyLiteraryTess. However, there is a possibility we add more articles as some of our writers have been busier then expected.
      I See God in the Flowers
      I see God in the flowers, beautiful and strong,
      I see Him in the precious petals, soaking up the sun.
      I see Him in the long, green stems, always standing tall,
      I see God in the flowers, for He has made them all.
      I see God in the flowers, as I pass them so,
      He chose each bright and unique color, this I surely know.
      I see Him in the veins of leaves, surging with life and love,
      I see God in the flowers, though He reignest up above.
      I see God in the flowers, each carefully designed leaf,
      I see Him in the new buds sprouting, surging from beneath.
      He made them all for us, so that we may know His power.
      I see God in those little plants, each pretty and special flower.
      Also some stats since the last issue courtesy of @SmartKitty16:
      13 new members have joined our fair Harbor from November 1st to November 14th 2019. Roughly 227 new topics have been made in different forums from the fourth of November to the 14th of the same month. And 19,606 new posts have been made from November 4th to November 14th 2019. 
      The most memorable and possibly longest of topics made during this time is Communist Harbor: A CH Parody, made by @Skywalker72 on the 5th of November. The topic rapidly gained 20 pages in length. 
      Thank you everyone for your support for without you all as the readers we would not exist! I truly am humbled in being able to put together such amazing pieces of work into one piece. We truly have some extraordinary authors who can never be thanked enough.
      Until next time God bless!
      Matthew (Maximilian Kolbe)

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