Remembering the Blessings of Liberty
We launched the Virtual Vigil for Religious Liberty to support the Bishops’ call for a two week period of prayer, education, and action in support of religious liberty, and today it comes to a close. 5,256 people of faith joined with us and now it’s time to move forward with new resolve and purpose.
Each year on the 4th of July, we remember the blessings of liberty we enjoy in America. We are reminded that 236 years ago today, a courageous group of men, with their lives being threatened, gathered in Philadelphia to finalize our Declaration of Independence which begins:
“The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
“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.—That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, —That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness…”
Unfortunately, some of our elected leaders have passed laws and implemented policies that violate our “unalienable Rights.” The “Rights” our Founding Fathers knew in their hearts were “endowed” to us by our Creator.
We, as people of faith, have our own cause now. We have elected officials—Catholic elected officials—consistently voting against the settled teachings of our Church…voting against the sanctity of life and our religious liberties. Some people believe the bishops should excommunicate these leaders from the Church, but I believe it will be far more effective to remove these individuals from office on Election Day.
So this 4th of July, instead of completely overthrowing our government as our Founding Fathers did in 1776, stand with Catholic Advocate to hold our elected officials accountable. At 12:00 P.M. eastern time, let’s join in the ringing of bells. Many churches around the country will be participating and we encourage you to be there. If you are not able to be at a church, ring a bell in your own home and join us in prayer.
When you pray, ask the Lord for clarity of our purpose. Ask the Lord to bring us together in our unified cause to defend liberty and the unborn. Ask the Lord to assist our brothers and sisters in understanding these are not partisan issues but ones that should bond us all “unanimously.” They are at the core of who we are as people of faith…who we are as Americans.
God Bless and Happy 4th of July!