Giving Thanks, Finding Peace

Giving Thanks, Finding Peace

The days before Thanksgiving always make me reflect on the year that is ending and the year that lies ahead. Looking back at this year’s headlines there is much that seems like bad news—high unemployment, economic hard times for so many, terror threats, and as I write this, passenger outrage over airport scanners and “enhanced” pat-downs. But in the midst of all the noise of the news I have found that “peace that passes understanding” that only God can provide.

This year I have learned to be more simple, to take refuge in God day by day and to live in greater freedom by surrendering all things to God in a deeper way. I have known the mystery of God’s loving provision and for this I am very grateful. 

Photo Credit: Catherine Hadler

Yesterday was an unseasonably warm day in Michigan and I spent part of it on an autumn ritual—leaf raking. There is nothing more satisfying than the crunch underfoot of the dry leaves and that unique smell of fall. If I take the time to notice, I see that very day has its own little causes for gratitude. I am especially thankful as I consider this year that my work and my faith intersect so strongly in my work with Servant Books at St. Anthony Messenger Press. 

So, this year as I celebrate my birthday on November 26, I will be saying “thank you” to God who has been so kind and generous to me this year. And I hope you will join me with your own simple reasons to give thanks.

Be sure to check out American Catholic’s special Thanksgiving feature here, where you can send a Thanksgiving e-card, hear a reflection on gratitude from Fr. Mark Thibodeaux, and much more!

Photo credit: Evgeni Dinev; Catherine Hadler


About the Author

Louise Paré has spent the last 37 years in Catholic publishing and is currently a director of product development for Servant Books. She works from her home in Michigan, where she is an avid Detroit Tigers fan.
  • Mary Carol Kendzia

    Just lovely, Louise!