Governor Carcieri’s Thanksgiving Message
Received via e-mail this morning. Inspirational even to this heathen.
“Grace is everywhere.” These were the final words of the curé in Bernanos’ famous novel, “Diary of a Country Priest.” One does not have to be religious to be aware of how much has been given to us and how this knowledge moves us to gratitude.
In these past several years, I have been moved to gratitude by many things, most strongly the sacrifice of fellow Rhode Islanders who serve in the Armed Forces, putting their lives on the line for our freedom and way of life. I am continually thankful for the everyday dedication of parents and teachers who guide our young people, and for the young people themselves who give us energy and idealism and optimism. I give thanks for public servants who give their all for the common good. I am grateful for the passion of advocates on all sides of political issues as they seek what is best for our society.
No matter how often I see people motivated by self-interest and power and greed, I see even more people who work for something greater than themselves. No matter how much I see need and discouragement, I see greater generosity and determination. No matter how often I see those eager to tear others down, I see even more who build others up. I am thankful for all this goodness that is evident around us. Like most, I am thankful for my family and those close to me, but I have been privileged to witness so much goodness all across our great state and for this blessing I am grateful.
Grace is everywhere. Each year we pause to remember the Pilgrims’ experience and to open our own hearts to expressions of thankfulness. This Thanksgiving, I join with all Rhode Islanders in giving thanks and in hoping that each one of us can look beyond ourselves to others’ needs and the greater good. May our observance of this national holiday make us worthy of the blessings that have been given to us.
Donald L. Carcieri