Happy Birthday U.S.A.!

So what are you doing to celebrate the birth of our nation?

     We normally have a gaudeamus day. But since the 4th this year falls on a Friday we will be having our regular Friday of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in the morning (a wonderful day to pray for our nation and the upcoming elections – God help us!) and a work afternoon with our Gaudeamus postponed to Saturday. We have a wonderful Liturgy of the Hours designed for this important day. We normally even put off some fireworks in the evening but since our dear missionaries are going to arrive ANY MOMENT (!) and our Sisters plus some volunteers will be busy working preparing their meals or cleaning up the next 13 days AND our postulant Sharon will be arriving Saturday evening to enter the monastery (!) we are going to bypass them this year. But fireworks are a lovely way to celebrate the birth of our beloved nation.

     About 10 years ago we purchased a set of videos from David Barton’s Wallbuilders. (Please check out the website!) We have watched them over and over again. On these videos he tells the TRUE story of what was meant by “the wall of separation between Church and State” – forbidding government from establishing a national religion – and how this has been redefined to mean freedom from religious expression in public since the ’50’s and how it especially played out in the 1963 court case of removing prayer from school.

     On these videos he gives so much interesting info about how important the Christian faith was to the Fathers of our Nation. So many people say they were just Deists but that’s really not true. Many of them really knew Jesus in a personal way and were true Christians. Mr. Barton states how in George Washington’s Farewell Address he tells us what brought our Nation to success and what must be done to maintain it. He stated that religion and morality are inseparable and indispensable to patriotism! True patriotism flows from the Gift of piety.

     In 1787 during the Constitutional Congress Benjamen Franklin stated that a nation needs God and prayer. And that Individual accountability takes place in eternity but that national accountability will take place in the present. Nations answer to God in the present through either disasters or blessings. Mr. Barton has provided us with a wealth of truth about our Nation and its founding principles. He states that “God’s people must be involved (in politics, education, etc.) to have God’s principles in our nation.” We have to get the truth out! This would make a great segue to our nations upcoming elections and our need to get out and share with people about the need to vote, etc. but I’ll have to save that for another blog post! 😉

Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a Nation!
Then conquer we must when our cause it is just.
In this be our motto, ‘In God is our trust!

~ Frances Scott Key

     God bless each of you and may God bless America!

     Click here for an historical 7 min. video about our national anthem – The Star Spangled Banner

 

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3 thoughts on “Happy Birthday U.S.A.!

  1. The principles upon which our nation was founded are certainly not applied there at all.
    In spite of the fact that our oil prices are through the roof, we are at war, and the value of our dollar has fallen to its’ lower level anywhere, we are still a people who are blest. We still have the fredom to worship God wherever we chose, we can state our own opinions about the government freely, without fear of punishment, we have the opportunity to vote to select a candidate to the highest office of our nation, and many other freedoms as well. That said, I would like to add that our nation is in desperate need of prayer and revival. A woman can end her pregnancy and call it “choice”, there is coruption and greed at the top levels of corporations and politics, the sale of drugs is prospering, with many college students doing this as a “job” to get them through school. It says in the book of
    II Chronicles: “If my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, pray, and seek My Face, then I shall hear from heaven, and forgive their sin and heal their land.” May we use the religious freedom we have to seek God’s face in Eucharistic adoration, prayer, and Scripture study. May we avail ourselves of the privilege of being able to attend mass daily, receive the Eucharist, and also receive the sacrament of Reconcilliation to draw us closer to Our Lord. I am planning to spend at least a part of this “celebration of a nation” to avail myself of the privilege of praying for our country.
    In Jesus and Mary,
    Abby

  2. I found very beautiful her patriotism Sponsa Christi. And, you, my dear friend Abby, also showed another reality, because you don’t stop worrying with her country. I am sure, that all of us, we want to do of the nation in that we inhabited a wonderful place, because we are now responsible for the construction of Kingdom of God in the of our history. God bless the USA and touch the heart of all of us, so that we look for the will of God more and more!
    🙂

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