Next Saturday is the Fourth of July – Independence Day
Next week/Saturday is Independence Day in the United States. Our Christian faith, however, is rooted, not only in a nation, but in the world (which is not to say that Catholics cannot be patriots of the Nation – when it comes down to it, Catholics may even be among the most patriotic of all peoples); But, back to the point—As Christians – Catholic Christians, our concerns, and what we are called to, necessarily extend beyond national boundaries to those intangible rights and liberties that we pray for, for ourselves and for all other peoples.
Take care in preparing for your family’s weekend celebrations. Ensure that all of our actions and prayers reflect far reaching and important common concerns as well as celebration of the United States – the greatest country in the history of the world, of which the latter is certainly something that needs emphasizing, prayer and our focus now.
We should be informing ourselves on the work of this great Nation in the areas of civil rights, civil liberties and freedom of religion and religious liberty and all the other Constitutional rights which were hard won and are easily lost – all subjects of great National and international importance.
We should be praying for our country and for continuation of our hard-fought for rights; and, we must pray that those same rights we enjoy be accorded all peoples everywhere.
We should remember that all of the great rights and privileges we have are merely dreams of many in other countries of the world. The United States of America stands as a lone Bastian of the most free people of the world. Our prayers should reflect a desire that the freedoms we possess should not only continue but be spread across the Earth!
~~ Deacon Paul