I’m hosting my first Thanksgiving in several years. (Thank you, Jesus!) I’m looking forward to cooking the big meal and having a lovely party. I am determined to enjoy myself.
Thanksgiving has been a difficult holiday for my family in the past. My youngest brother is prone to manipulative and narcissistic behavior. He has good stretches, but he’ll go on horrible rages for months at a time. He’ll accuse the family of being abusive, racist (his wife is Asian), or any other rotten thing when he doesn’t get his way. He has a history of controlling the family with these angry tirades. Thanksgiving has been a hotbed for this behavior.
I will pray a few Rosaries for him and ask for St. Dymphna’s intercession. (This is the behavior of a sick person, not a bad person.) I suspect this will at least change my orientation toward the problem if not the problem itself. What else can I do to enjoy my Thanksgiving, regardless of how my brother behaves?