with the Bishops of the United States,
let us pray for the continued freedom to bear witness,
keeping particularly in our hearts those Christians throughout the world who continue to be martyred for love of Christ.
Let us remember that freedom is a gift
from our Creator that calls us to
vigilance, responsibility, and service to our neighbor.
Be free people! What do I mean? Perhaps it is thought that freedom means doing everything one likes, or seeing how far one can go…. This is not freedom. Freedom means being able to think about what we do, being able to assess what is good and what is bad, these are the types of conduct that lead to development; it means always opting for the good. Let us be free for goodness.
And in this do not be afraid to go against the tide, even if it is not easy! Always being free to choose goodness is demanding, but it will make you into people with a backbone who can face life, people with courage and patience….
Be men and women with others and for others: true champions at the service of others.
Happy 4th of July!