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Friday, July 4, 2008

Let us celebrate the birth of a nation

Today is our great national holiday that celebrates the birth of our nation. It is also the feast of St. Elizabeth of Portugal. She was one who always worked for peace and reconciliation. May she make our nation at peace and stop the wars!
The alternate prayer for today is worth reading. I will not copy it here, but it calls us to give thanks; it also calls us to ask God's help for the work that still remains for our country to do so that we will be able to live with freedom for all and live in peace with all peoples.
In the Gospel, Jesus says to Matthew: "Follow me." And he left everything and followed Jesus. He did not look back. May we have that same courage to follow Jesus each time he says to us, "Follow me." The 4th of July is a good time to reflect on the courage we need to let go of our own concerns to be able to follow Jesus more closely. Happy 4th!

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