Hello my young friends,
Last month we talked about the crazy way that summer got under way and that one constant we could take from the coronavirus was our ability to pray. Really zeroing in on our relationship with Jesus and making time in our day to focus on going deeper in our life of prayer can have a great impact. Take your prayers to St. Joseph, and might I suggest we start with some prayers for our nation this July 4th weekend.
We just celebrated Religious Freedom Week 2020 and the theme for this year was “For the Good of All.” How important that theme is today as we see protests, defacing of monuments and civil unrest in our cities. Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee for Religious Liberty, put it this way in a recent communication, “The right to religious freedom has its foundation in the very dignity of the human person. Religious freedom is the human right that guarantees all other rights — peace and creative living together will only be possible if freedom of religion is fully respected.”
As we celebrate this Independence Day, let us remember that the framers of the Constitution saw religious freedom as an American value based on the human dignity of each and every person. When we promote religious freedom, we promote the common good and strengthen the life of our nation and the whole world.
I invite you to pray for our nation, for our president and all our elected officials and everyone who enjoys the freedoms of living in these United States of America. We are abundantly blessed. May we never lose sight of what unites us as God’s people and may we always be grateful for all our gifts.
God Bless America and God bless each of you and your families as we continue to make our way through this Coronavirus pandemic.