God, the Creator of our lives and our freedom, enables us by our free will to act or not to act, to shape our lives by our own response to Him.”
How is your memory? If it is like mine, there are times when you forget what you’ve done with your car keys or why you entered a room in search of something. 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 important matters and events 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 reasons why we need to be so 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. At a celebration of the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Calvin Coolidge, the 48th governor of Massachusetts and the 30th President of the United States said in a speech, “The Declaration was a result of religious teachings – texts, sermons, and the writings of the early colonial clergy who were earnestly undertaking to instruct their congregations in the mystery of how to live. They preached equality because they believed in the Fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man.”
Coolidge believed that our nation was born from the spirit, not man and that this birth would not have happened without the help of God. He called the Founding Fathers, “ambassadors of Providence” that it was they who understood and promoted’ faith in God, liberty, democracy and the pursuit of happiness. Calvin Coolidge believed that these ideals ‘belong to the unseen world’ and that, “unless the faith of the American people in these religious convictions is to endure, the principles of our Declaration would perish.”
God, the Creator of our lives and our freedom, enables us by our free will to act or not to act, to shape our lives by our own response to Him. Perfect freedom is a force for growth and maturity in truth, goodness, and charitable actions. This kind of freedom can be attained when it is directed towards God who is all loving goodness.
This week let us thank God for all the blessings He has bestowed on this great nation. Let us pray with the words of President Coolidge that our nation “will cultivate the reverence which our Founding Fathers had for the things that are holy. That we follow the spiritual and moral leadership which they showed and that we keep replenished, with more compelling flame, the altar fires before which they worshiped.”
God Bless America!
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