President Kennedy once said of our country honoring God as the single source of our strength;

“the energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it…and the glow from that fire can truly light the world…”

Our country was founded on the principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, given to us as a gift from God our Creator. The United States, founded on these principles, has for years and in difficult times,fostered strength of unity and community, as a reflection of the Persons of God. This weekend we celebrated Labor Day, a day set aside each year to give tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and wellbeing of our country. This day also celebrates the contribution workers have made to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known. This weekend’s Labor Day festivities here at the parish mirror communion, as it brings us together celebrating in love and joy.

In little over a week we will honor and remember the 3,000 + people who died sixteen years ago in the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a quiet field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania We stand together as witnesses to the many stories of bravery and sacrifice that Americans exhibited together, united,and in community with God on those very shocking and solemn days. This week we have witnessed the same bravery and tireless determination of the many first responders that came to the rescue of families, the elderly and family pets because of the catastrophic flooding in Texas. Today, we are reminded of the strong and binding connection we share with one another,a bond that casts a shadow over politics, geography and economic class. We thank God, most generous and merciful, for giving us the many benefits that come from a united country and the fruit of heroic love that only God’s grace fosters and lights the world.
God bless America.