Pastor's Corner

2019 06-30 We Celebrate Independence Day

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

This Monday, we officially say goodbye to Fr. Peter Ha and welcome Fr. Michael Bremer to our Parish.   We have scheduled a farewell gathering for Fr. Peter for this weekend.  We also intend to have a reception for Fr. Michael in the near future.

This Thursday we celebrate the Fourth of July, Independence Day.  On this day, we celebrate the birth of our nation, and we cherish in a very special way the many freedoms we enjoy in this country.  However, these freedoms should never be taken for granted.  As mentioned previously, there are those in our society who are attempting to undermine our trust and belief in God, and in the process are distorting our precious freedoms.  On our money bills, we proclaim, “In God We Trust.”  As disciples, we are invited to pray that this trust in God may be restored in our nation through the example of our leaders.  There is a compelling need to strengthen the moral foundation of our country, a moral foundation based on faith and trust in the Lord.  There is also a need to reaffirm our commitment to truly make our country “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”  We are invited on this day to truly appreciate our faith and freedoms.

The following “Independence Day Prayer” is taken from a collection of freedom prayers from Mary Fairchild and reflects our appreciation for Our Lord and our country:

Dear Lord,
There is no greater feeling of liberty than to experience freedom from sin and death that you provided for me through Jesus Christ.  Today my heart and my soul are free to praise You.  For that, I am very thankful.
On this Independence Day, I am reminded of all those who have sacrificed for my freedom, following the example of your son, Jesus Christ.  Let me not take my freedom, both physical and spiritual, for granted.  May I always remember that a very high price was paid for my freedom.  My freedom cost others their very lives.
Lord, today, bless those who have served and continue to give their lives for my freedom.  With favor and bounty, meet their needs and watch over their families.
Dear Father, I am so thankful for this nation. For all the sacrifices others have made to build and defend this country, I am grateful. Thank you for the opportunities and freedoms we have in the united states of America.  Help me never to take these blessings for granted.
Help me to live my life in a way that glorifies you, Lord.  Give me the strength to be a blessing in someone’s life today, and grant me the opportunity to lead others into the freedom that can be found in knowing Jesus Christ.
In your name, I pray.  AMEN


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