Happy Independence Day! Today we celebrate our freedom and express how proud we are to be Americans. How blessed we are! Although it is true that our country is not without its problems and especially in this election year we will be debating and considering her issues and future. We still are very privileged and blessed to enjoy the freedom to debate openly, to be critical, and to make our will known through voting. There are many nations in the world today where the freedom to participate in government is not even a possibility, and so today we should give thanks that our founding fathers left us a nation built upon the inalienable rights given us by our creator: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Let us use that freedom well by hearing Godís call today to not only recall our blessings, but to remember those who have no choice in who will govern them:
as we celebrate today with fireworks and festivals,
help us never to forget the reason for our joy.
Help us remember that our rights to life, liberty
and the pursuit of happiness
were signed into our heritage
with the willing blood of American patriots.
Most of all, help us remember
that the rights of all people
are more than words on a document,
and that all people have rights
because you have given us the dignity of human life.
Grant freedom to all,
and give us the strength to protect the rights of others.
May God bless you and your family as you celebrate this Independence Day. May He continue to guide our nation in the pursuit of the one true and eternal happiness which only He can give,
Note from Father Jason
July 3, 2016