Our celebration of Independence Day on July 4 each year is one that is uniquely ours. Commemorating the birth of our nation, we pause to celebrate with fireworks, speeches, parades, music and lots of food. In some places, the Declaration of Independence is proclaimed – a reminder of the very document that pronounced our nation’s liberty.
The most quoted words of that document, of course, are these: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” As many cherish these freedoms, we also know that others still seek them in their fullness. As our Catholic Bishops have reminded us over and over again, as long we injustice, racism and hatreds exist, the rights expounded in the Declaration of Independence remain to come to full fruition.
As Catholics, the tenets of our faith have much to offer so that the fruits of these “unalienable Rights” might prosper all of our citizens. You can get some ideas by going to this web site: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty.
As we prepare to celebrate the 4th of July, let’s pray that our nation will help all nations and peoples to know the true Freedom that comes from being a child of God and a disciple of Jesus Christ.