Thanksgiving is a good time to step back from the pressures of work, reflect on the course of our lives and remember that gratitude is the beginning of joy. It’s also an opportunity to remember whom we’re thanking, and why we’re thanking him. The holiday has vividly Christian roots, and it makes little sense without its religious origins. Americans certainly don’t need to be Christian to enter into the spirit of the day, but Thanksgiving reminds us of a fundamentally higher reality: our dependence on a loving Creator.
At 12 o’clock this morning, the Holy Father received in audience — in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Vatican Palace — the participants in the Plenary Session of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, and gave the address which we translate below.