But this Thanksgiving my thoughts are about the goodness that made this country great.
It is right for us to admit our failures, but much of the criticism toward America is exaggerated or untrue. Even though limited and imperfect, the separation of powers within our federal government depicted in our Constitution and the autonomy of the states are an amazing application of the principle of subsidiarity.
Although they were accustomed to thanksgiving celebrations (days of prayer), the specific purpose of the "First Thanksgiving Day" was to thank God for helping them survive their first New England winter. to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens." So much has changed since then.
However, the first time Thanksgiving Day was celebrated as a national holiday was about 240 years later when President Abraham Lincoln gave it official recognition in 1863. Today, some people want to suppress the religious significance associated with Thanksgiving Day, and the role of religion in our society.
Although not perfect, I believe that our Constitution is the greatest political document ever written. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed." This accomplishment, which took centuries to achieve, was great because it reflected a fundamental truth about human society. By far, most of America's financial assistance has been in the form of outright gifts.
But even greater than our system of government is the American understanding that the rights of the people are of divine origin, that is, from God not man. The Catechism says, "There is a certain resemblance between the union of the divine persons and the fraternity that men are to establish among themselves. America has even shown incomparable Christian goodwill to its former enemies.
Thanks to people like the Pilgrims, Abraham Lincoln, and my mother and father, I believe the America I was born into is worth fighting and dying for. There is no one answer, but as Catholics we believe where sin abounds, grace abounds all the more (Romans ), and this is where we can start. For instance, it sees order, beauty, goodness, meaning, and purpose in creation.
It sees all these things, and more, rooted in an all-powerful, all-good, all-loving God.
It reminds me of their wonderful sense of humor, their deep faith and their goodness.It also reminds me of two earlier Thanksgiving Day celebrations and how much our country has changed over the years.The "First Thanksgiving Day" was celebrated by the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony in the early 1600's.While Americans have made mistakes and done some things that were wrong, America has been a powerful force for good within its borders and throughout the world since its inception. I will mention a few that have special meaning for me. a community of a higher order should not interfere in the internal life of a community of a lower order, depriving the latter of its functions, but rather should support it. America has also extended its goodness around the world in ways unlike any other country.The Founding Fathers of our country have had their reputations and accomplishments dragged through the mud in recent years; however, I believe they gave us a system of government that unleashed freedom upon the citizens of this nation unlike anything ever done before. We develop our potential through social exchange, dialogue and service with each other. There are many outstanding examples of American goodwill toward its international neighbors.