This tense time from Election Day to Thanksgiving Day is telling us much about the “Soul” of our nation. According to Saint Thomas Aquinas, every created living thing – plant, animal, human – has an anima, that is, a “soul” which “animates” matter and makes it into a living thing. The anima, the soul, of our nation is We the People.
We the People. We are the ones who compose and animate our great nation through our own lives, our labor, our families, our neighborhoods, our cities, our counties, and our states. And we as the people of the United States are now struggling to find that common ground where we can stand with one another to identify and promote that common good which binds us together and challenges us to move forward as one people, united in purpose and resolve. Perhaps our national feast day of Thanksgiving will be that common ground.
Perhaps giving thanks to our Creator who is the Founder of our feast on Thanksgiving Day will be a new beginning for all of us. For in giving thanks to God, we acknowledge that we are not God, and that we as a people and nation have indeed been blessed more abundantly than we could ever have asked or imagined. To give thanks is to say that we are all still on our pilgrim path and still in need of God’s providence — each of us, and all of us together, as We the People, the citizens of the United States of America.
Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving Day!