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President's Blog: From the Heart

Thanksgiving Reflections

By Eric F. Spina

Dear University of Dayton Family,

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday because it’s about the bonds of family and friends. It’s a time to hit the “pause” button, reflect, and give thanks for our many blessings.

Today, on this Thanksgiving, “family” takes on even deeper meaning.

For some, it means foregoing the traditional Thanksgiving get-togethers as a sign of love and care during these times that test the spirit, but not our faith. We know better days are ahead of us.

For others, it means improvised traditions — virtual dinners, small outdoor gatherings, and phone calls with loved ones who are at higher risk.

For all, it means opening our hearts, reaching out, and taking care of one another, particularly the vulnerable and the lonely. It’s a time to strengthen and renew relationships, even at a distance.

For me, particularly this year, it’s about gratitude for the grace, strength, and resilience of the University of Dayton community. Our “family spirit,” that distinctive hallmark of our Marianist campus, has helped us help each other through a challenging fall semester. We are a community of support and love — and for that, I’m grateful.

May we continue to grow together, respect one another, and care for each other as children of God. From our family to yours, Karen, Kaitlyn, Emery, and I wish each of you a safe and joyful holiday.

With grace and blessings,

Eric F. Spina

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