How is your memory? If it is like mine, there are times when you forget what you’ve done with your car keys, why you entered a room, or if you had taken your medication for the day. Do you need to write lists or leave sticky notes around to remind you to attend to certain matters? All of us need to be reminded occasionally, or even daily of the events and important matters and in our lives. This is why we celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, and take part in the celebration of the Mass each week. To help us remember. To help remind ourselves of what is truly important and the many reasons for us to be grateful.
This week we celebrate Independence Day, the Fourth of July, the birthday of our nation.
This is a day set aside each year to celebrate the idea of liberty, the Declaration of Independence and to help us remember our history, and how the character of our nation was formed.
Our Founding Fathers, understood and promoted, faith in God, liberty, democracy and the pursuit of happiness. God, the Creator of our lives and our freedom, enables us by our free will to act or not to act, to shape and direct our own lives as our response to Him. Since perfect freedom is a force for growth and maturity in truth, goodness, and charitable actions; it can only be attained when it is directed towards God who is all loving goodness. Robert Frost can be quoted as saying, “Freedom lies in being bold.” This week let us thank God for all the blessings He has bestowed on us and this great nation. Let’s pray that our thoughts, words, and deeds will mirror the moral and spiritual leadership of our Founding Fathers. That with strong conviction and steadfast faith and charity, we boldly stay true to who we are; “One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” As John F. Kennedy once said; “We celebrate the past to awaken the future.” Today let’s celebrate freedom and look to our future with “a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, as we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our fortunes and our sacred Honor.”
God bless America!