July 4th, Take a Deep Breath
July 4th, Take a Deep Breath
Seek good and not evil, that you may live; / Then truly will the LORD, the God of hosts, be with you as you claim! Hate evil and love good, and let justice prevail at the gate; / Then it may be that the LORD, the God of hosts, will have pity on the remnant of Joseph. (Amos 5:14-15)
Today is July 4th, the national celebration of our Nation's independence. As we celebrate let us remember to pray that God will strengthen and bless America and make our nation a haven of liberty and justice for all — born and unborn. Our nation was founded on belief in God. The President takes his oath of office by placing his hand on the Bible, the Word of God, and ends with, “So help me God.” In our pledge of allegiance, we say, “One nation under God.” Engraved on our money is “In God we trust.” Our Congress has a chaplain, begins each session with a prayer, and provides for chaplains for the Military. Have you ever lived in a nation without God? I have, and it was painful. I don’t want to go back there. “Without God there is for mankind no purpose, no goal, no hope, only a wavering future, an eternal dread of every darkness.” --Jean Paul. Our Independence has its origin in our Dependence on God. In dependent on God, we find ourselves most independent. It seems strange but depending on God allows us freedom. It’s not necessarily the freedom to do what we want, but it is the true freedom to be able to do what we ought. Life without God is like wanting to live life without breathing. Here is a challenge for those who claim to be atheist, take a deep breath and hold it, how long does it last? We can’t go without God very long, for in Him we live and move and have our being, (Acts 17: 28a) In the end the devil is only afraid of God. Seek good and not evil, that you may live; / Then truly will the LORD, the God of hosts, be with you as you claim! Let us take celebrate this day with an act of consecration ourselves to Our Lord and Savior
Consecration of America
Immaculate Mary, most Holy Mother of God and of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we the people of the United States of America at this historic moment stand before you in a humbled condition of love, loyalty, affection, and thankfulness. To your Immaculate Heart we recommit and dedicate ourselves throughout the entire American nation. To your Son Jesus Christ we pledge to serve His teaching, His church, and to work for His kingdom on earth. O Mary, to you do we flee for protection. Surround the American family with your maternal care; enfold us in your arms. Give to this American land, built on the blood and tears of so many faithful forebears, a peaceful and praiseworthy existence in truth, love, justice, and freedom.
O Mary, we submit to you as the Patroness of our beloved country. O Mary, Help of Christians, enfold the Holy Father and the Catholic Church within your protective cloak; be our shield in the days ahead. Give to the Church true holiness and freedom. Obtain for our leaders holy zeal, the ability to face the truth, and the courage to correct all abuses. Stop the flood of atheism, greed, heresy, impurity, lukewarmness, materialism, and selfishness that threaten our nation. Show to those who have strayed from the Church the way to Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Mother of God, accept our personal consecration to you and, through you, bind us forever to the Holy Trinity. Gather us all into your Immaculate Heart and unite us forever with Jesus. O Mary, we love you. Amen.
Have a blessed and safe July 4th and God bless America!
Peace in Christ,
Father Vincent-Vuong Nguyen
Please join us at 8:30 am Holy Eucharist, praying for our Nation.
Sent by Fr. Vincent Nguyen on Wednesday, July 4 at 7:36AM