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Celebrating Freedom: Reflecting on the 4th of July

Posted by Father Joe Connelly on

As we gather to celebrate the 4th of July, our hearts swell with gratitude for the freedoms we enjoy in this great nation. This day commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, a pivotal moment that laid the foundation for the United States of America. It is a day to honor the courage and vision of our founding fathers, as well as the countless men and women who have sacrificed to preserve our liberties.

For Catholics, the celebration of Independence Day provides an opportunity to reflect on the deeper meaning of freedom. True freedom, as taught by our faith, is not merely the ability to do as we please, but the capacity to choose what is good and right. It is the freedom to live in accordance with God’s will, to love and serve one another, and to build a just and compassionate society.

In his letter to the Galatians, St. Paul reminds us, "For you were called to freedom, brothers. But do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh; rather, serve one another through love" (Galatians 5:13). This powerful message encourages us to use our freedom responsibly, not for selfish pursuits, but for the betterment of our community and the world.

On this Independence Day, let us remember the many blessings we enjoy, including the freedom to worship and live our faith openly. Let us also recognize our responsibility to ensure that these freedoms are preserved and extended to all people, especially the marginalized and oppressed. As we watch fireworks light up the sky, enjoy picnics with family and friends, and participate in parades and festivities, let us also take a moment to pray for our nation.

May God bless America with peace, justice, and unity. Let us ask for His guidance for our leaders, and for His protection over those who serve in the armed forces. As we celebrate our nation’s independence, may we also renew our commitment to live as faithful and responsible citizens, upholding the values of our faith in all we do.

Happy 4th of July to all, and may the spirit of freedom and faith fill your hearts and homes.

In Christ,

Fr. Joe Connelly


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