Judges, Chapter 9, Verse 21
lot of people seem to escape to Beer! That’s a joke but unfortunately it is a
common response to fear. Liquid courage we use to call it in the military.
However, today I would like to change the subject to that of the family.
Jotham was raised in a large family of 70 brothers, and we do not know how many sisters. Families are the breeding ground of either love or hate, of either evil or good and finally of either excellence or apathy. A great family, whether large or small, is the seedbed of either greatness or smallness. This is the reason there is such a focus on the family in the church now. Families are the factories of a person’s character and character determines a person’s destiny.
Independence Day commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Independence Day is the most important secular holiday held in the United States. Americans take this day to celebrate all that is American, remembering the great sacrifices of our forefathers as they fought and won our independence from Great Britain. The holiday is also referred to as 4th of July, named after the date on which it is celebrated each year.
Independence Day Facts & Quotes
July 1776, there were approximately 2.5 million people living in the new
first public reading of the Declaration of Independence didn't occur until July
8, 1776. It was sent to the printers on July 4th.
original Declaration of Independence can be viewed by visiting the National
Archives, Washington D.C. The original copy is severely faded and sits
under special glass in the Rotunda for the Chambers of Freedom.
Statue of Liberty is a great symbol of American Freedom. It was given to the US
by France in 1886. It was delivered in 214 crates and assembled on what
is known as Liberty Island, in New York Harbor.
· Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty. - John F. Kennedy
Independence Day Top Events and Things to Do
or host a Barbeque.
Fireworks. Large cities such as New York, Miami, Chicago and Los Angeles all
have large firework displays.
or recite the Preamble to the Declaration of Independence.
or attend Nathan's famous Hot
Dog eating contest
in Coney Island.
a Parade. Most local cities host parades to celebrate Independence Day.
Contribute to the independence of a veteran
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We hold these truths to be self-evident:
Almighty God, Father of
all nations, for freedom you have set us free in Christ Jesus (Gal 5:1). We
praise and bless you for the gift of religious liberty, the foundation of human
rights, justice, and the common good. Grant to our leaders the wisdom to
protect and promote our liberties; by your grace may we have the courage to
defend them, for ourselves and for all those who live in this blessed land. We
ask this through the intercession of Mary Immaculate, our patroness, and in the
name of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, with
whom you live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Render unto Caesar
This country cannot afford
to be materially rich and spiritually poor.
John F. Kennedy
we become a soulless Nation? Have we in the pursuit of happiness; ignored the
Gospel of Life. Realizing that if we put success or liberty as greater values
than life that we are serving Caesar and not God. To understand this, we need
to review the US Bishops “The Gospel of Life”.
Gospel of Life
Brothers and sisters in the Lord:
At the conclusion of the 1998 ad limina visits of the bishops of the United States, our Holy Father Pope John Paul II spoke these words:
Today I believe the Lord is saying to us all: do not hesitate, do not be afraid to engage the good fight of the faith (cf. I Tim 6:12). When we preach the liberating message of Jesus Christ, we are offering the words of life to the world. Our prophetic witness is an urgent and essential service not just to the Catholic community but to the whole human family.
In this statement we attempt to fulfill our role as teachers
and pastors in proclaiming the Gospel of Life. We are confident that the
proclamation of the truth in love is an indispensable way for us to exercise
our pastoral responsibility.
country stands upon the world scene as a model of a democratic society at an
advanced stage of development. Your power of example carries with it
heavy responsibilities. Use it well, America!"
--Pope John Paul II, Newark, 1995
Henry Luce published his appeal for an "American century" in 1941, he
could not have known how the coming reality would dwarf his dream. Luce
hoped that the "engineers, scientists, doctors . . . builders of roads
[and] teachers" of the United States would spread across the globe to
promote economic success and American ideals: "a love of freedom, a
feeling for the quality of opportunity, a tradition of self-reliance and independence
and also cooperation." Exactly this, and much more, has
happened in the decades since. U.S. economic success has reshaped the
world. But the nobility of the American experiment flows from its
founding principles, not from its commercial power. In this century
alone, hundreds of thousands of Americans have died defending those
principles. Hundreds of thousands more have lived lives of service to
those principles -- both at home and on other continents -- teaching, advising
and providing humanitarian assistance to people in need. As Pope John
Paul has observed, "At the center of the moral vision of [the American]
founding documents is the recognition of the rights of the human person . .
." The greatness of the United States lies "especially [in its]
respect for the dignity and sanctity of human life in all conditions and at all
stages of development."
the word of the Lord came to me saying: Before I formed you in the womb I knew
you, before you were born, I consecrated you; a prophet to the nations I
The Patriotic Rosary is prayed everywhere from within cloistered convents, to inside the Pentagon; from dangerous military ﬁelds around the globe to the quietness of the Bedroom of Apparitons and the Field of Apparitions at Caritas, which is the home of the Patriotic Rosary. The Patriotic Rosary quickly captured the hearts and attention of millions when ﬁrst heard and prayed. Inspired by Our Lady of Medjugorje, the Patriotic Rosary is a powerful prayer for divine protection and mercy for our Nation and its rebirth. The history of the writing of the Patriotic Rosary origins back to 1995 at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, where the ﬁrst promptings of Our Lady was felt and the impulse to form the Patriotic Rosary was given. The Patriotic Rosary, the Prayer to Heal Our Land, and the “Seven Novenas for the Reconciling of Ourselves, our Families and our Nation Back to God,” all for the rebirth of America, have the grounds at Caritas of Birmingham as their home. It is Caritas of Birmingham, whose founder, known as A Friend of Medjugorje, wrote the Patriotic Rosary, and that also operates the Official Medjugorje Site. It was a surprise in 1988, after many prayers near the Pine Tree for the healing of our Nation that Our Lady began to write a beautiful story, through Her Medjugorje apparitions at Caritas, telling us that a Nation and its healing, represented by the Pine in the Field, would come only through the individual, represented by the family bed. In those ﬁrst apparitions, Our Lady appeared in the Bedroom over the family bed, then on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 1988, She appeared near the Pine, then back to the Bedroom for the remaining two months of daily apparitions. This spoke clearly that our Nation would be healed through strong marriages forming strong holy families raising strong individuals which will heal and make a strong nation. Our Nation’s future depends on the healing of the family.
PART ONE: THE PROFESSION OF FAITH
SECTION TWO-I. THE CREEDS
I BELIEVE IN JESUS
CHRIST, THE ONLY SON OF GOD
ARTICLE 2-"AND IN
JESUS CHRIST, HIS ONLY SON, OUR LORD"
446 In the Greek translation of the Old Testament, the
ineffable Hebrew name YHWH, by which God revealed himself to Moses, is
rendered as Kyrios, "Lord". From then on, "Lord" becomes
the more usual name by which to indicate the divinity of Israel's God. the New
Testament uses this full sense of the title "Lord" both for the
Father and - what is new - for Jesus, who is thereby recognized as God Himself.
447 Jesus ascribes this title to himself in a veiled way
when he disputes with the Pharisees about the meaning of Psalm 110, but also in
an explicit way when he addresses his apostles. Throughout his public
life, he demonstrated his divine sovereignty by works of power over nature,
illnesses, demons, death and sin.
448 Very often in the Gospels people address Jesus as
"Lord". This title testifies to the respect and trust of those who
approach him for help and healing. At the prompting of the Holy Spirit,
"Lord" expresses the recognition of the divine mystery of Jesus. In
the encounter with the risen Jesus, this title becomes adoration: "My Lord
and my God!" It thus takes on a connotation of love and affection that
remains proper to the Christian tradition: "It is the Lord!"
449 By attributing to Jesus the divine title
"Lord", the first confessions of the Church's faith affirm from the
beginning that the power, honor and glory due to God the Father are due also to
Jesus, because "he was in the form of God", and the Father
manifested the sovereignty of Jesus by raising him from the dead and exalting
him into his glory.
450 From the beginning of Christian history, the assertion
of Christ's lordship over the world and over history has implicitly recognized
that man should not submit his personal freedom in an absolute manner to any
earthly power, but only to God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Caesar is
not "the Lord". "The Church. . . believes that the key, the
centre and the purpose of the whole of man's history is to be found in its Lord
451 Christian prayer is characterized by the title
"Lord", whether in the invitation to prayer ("The Lord be with
you"), its conclusion ("through Christ our Lord") or the
exclamation full of trust and hope: Maranatha ("Our Lord, come!") or
Maranatha ("Come, Lord!") - "Amen Come Lord Jesus!"
Tuesday: Litany of St. Michael the Archangel
Litany of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus
 Render unto Caesar, Charles J. Chaput