July 03, 2006

"In CONGRESS. July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America."

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The first sentence of the “Declaration”
:

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.




The second sentence of the “Declaration”:

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.




The last sentence of the “Declaration”:

And for the support of this Declaration,
with a firm reliance on the protection of DIVINE providence,
we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.


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I have posted a homily for the occasion.
Click HERE for it.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! Father!
This hasn't been declared uncostitutional yet? ;-)

10:42 PM  
Blogger Jovan-Marya Weismiller, T.O.Carm. said...

Father, with all due respect, why don't you post the following: (George is denounced )FOR abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an arbitrary Government, and enlarging its Boundaries, so as to render it at once an Example and fit Instrument for introducing the same absolute Rule into these Colonies.

This "intolerable act" of His Majesty, King George III, was the granting of religious freedom to the Catholics of the "neighbouring Province" of Quebec. The hatred of Catholicism was so deep in the signers of the Declaration that they were afraid that George might grant the hated Papists the same rights in their colonies. Of course, they had to rebel against the God-anointed sovereign.

May I suggest you check the First Epistle of St Peter, 2:17?

11:08 PM  
Anonymous Deacon DW said...

However we got here, Jovan, good or bad, it's all under the providence of God. Who is to say what will come of human acts and purposes? God will confound and confuse them, and turn them into his own.

11:24 AM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

First Epistle of St Peter, 2:17
"Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor."

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The Emperor Nero does not deserve our honor for using our brother Christians as torches-- with disrespect for of God.

The Emperor Napoleon does not deserve our honor for despoiling the Eucharistic vessels of churches across Europe-- with disrespect for God.

The Emperor of Japan during World War II-- worshiped as a god, and invoked in the killing of thousands of Asians-- and in whose name my native land, Catholic Philippines, was bombed and invaded-- the Emperor of Japan does not deserve our honor.

Are we to honor King Henry VIII for his murders of his successive wives, for despoiling the Catholic Church in England, for murdering monks, bishops and laity just so he could displace the Pope?

I honor those who rule with justice.

12:50 PM  

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