I’d like to wish all of my readers a very happy and special JULY 4TH!
I hope we all have time today to reflect on the foundations of the wonderful land in which we live, on the ideas and ideals that prompted our Founding Fathers to sign the Declaration of Independence. July 4 is the day that Thomas Jefferson and 55 others – delegates to the Continental Congress – ratified this now-celebrated document.
There was a Catholic who signed the Declaration of Independence – Charles Carroll, a member of the famous Maryland family of John Carroll, the first Catholic bishop in this United States.
Charles Carroll of Carrollton was one of four Marylanders to sign the Declaration of Independence. Carroll was the only Roman Catholic and the last survivor of all 56 signers dying in 1832 in his 96th year. Charles Carroll and his family played a major role in the framing of the governance of Maryland and the emerging United States. Carroll’s accomplishments and persistent efforts to promote and establish the concept of religious toleration were embodied in the founding documents and laws of our country still used today for “all men who are created equal.” (http://charlescarrollhouse.org/the-carrolls/personal-biography-2)
When was the last time you read the Declaration of Independence?
IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America
“When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
“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…..(image from military.com)
Continue here for full text: http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/document/
POPE’S JULY PRAYER INTENTION: FOR PRIESTS
Pope Francis on Tuesday released a video message accompanying his prayer intention for July, which this month is “For priests and their pastoral ministry”.
In his prayer intention for the month of July 2018, Pope Francis said: “Let us pray together that priests, who experience fatigue and loneliness in their pastoral work, may find help and comfort in their intimacy with the Lord and in their friendship with their brother priests.”
It has become the custom of Pope Francis to release a video message detailing his prayer intention for each month.
The full text of his intention follows:
The tiredness of priests… Do you know how often I think about it?
Priests, with their virtues and defects, work in many different areas.
Working on so many active fronts, they cannot remain inactive after a disappointment.
At such times, it’s good for them to remember that the people love their priests, need them, and trust in them.
Let us pray together that priests, who experience fatigue and loneliness in their pastoral work, may find help and comfort in their intimacy with the Lord and in their friendship with their brother priests.
The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network of the Apostleship of Prayer developed “The Pope Video” initiative to assist in the worldwide dissemination of monthly intentions of the Holy Father in relation to the challenges facing humanity. (vaticannews)
KEEPING UP WITH THE VATICAN’S CRICKET TEAM
As you know the Vatican’s cricket team left several days ago for the UK for a tourney of goodwill and friendship and strengthening interfaith relations The team, whose official name is St. Peter’s Cricket Club, was established in 2013 and all players are seminarians in Rome.
If you want to follow their UK adventures, you can do so here: