“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.”
– The Declaration of Independence
of the 13 colonies of the United States of America,
July 4, 1776.
On July 4th we celebrate the ideals of the Continental Congress, whose members, on that day, finalized the draft of the Declaration of Independence. Nearly 250 years later, in the midst of marches and protests, people continue to struggle with the challenge of what it means to live in a country that is founded on the idea that “all Men are created equal.”
God, source of all freedom,
this day is bright with the memory
of those who declared that life and liberty
are your gift to every human being.
Help us to continue a good work begun long ago.
Make our vision clear and our will strong:
that only in human solidarity will we find liberty,
and justice only in the honor that belongs
to every life on earth.
Turn our hearts toward the family of nations:
to understand the ways of others,
to offer friendship,
and to find safety only in the common good of all.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Prayer taken from the Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers, Revised Edition, copyright © 2007, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. All rights reserved.
NOTE: The Provincial Offices will be closed Friday, July 3, in celebration of Independence Day.
Let the Priests of the Sacred Heart pray for your loved ones and intentions.