Faith leaders encourage thankfulness despite tough year

Fr. David Carter talks charity seen in 2022 despite inflation, prices rising

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) — Despite the many hardships Americans have faced this year, a pair of local religious leaders say there’s still plenty to be thankful for.

Fr. David Carter of the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul says despite everything, he’s still seen people give to those in need regardless of their struggles.

He says that’s what Thanksgiving is all about.

“That’s the meaning of Thanksgiving, I think — to recognize that God is in charge of all of this and God is good and generous with His love,” Carter said. “And because we are loved by Him, we go and love in return.”

Mo. Mari Beth Manoff is thankful for her right to vote, America’s medical personnel and our ability to gather again.

Like Carter, she knows many are struggling and may be having a hard time finding joy this holiday season.

To those looking for comfort, she says you are loved.

“God loves you,” Manoff said. “God is doing God’s best to provide for you and we’re doing our best to reach out to you. I would also just say please don’t be afraid to ask for help.”

Today’s troubles remind Carter of the voyage it took just to make the first Thanksgiving happen.

He says those who journeyed to our country almost lost everything, just as many seemingly are today.

Just like the first pilgrims, Carter says faith saves and with it, miracles can happen.

“There was this amazing generosity of the native people and there was the amazing providence of the God in whom they had trusted,” Carter said. “Even in tough times, they were able to give thanks.”

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