FREEDOM … Thursday, July 4

Constitution of the United States, page 1

The Constitution of the United States. Without God, your own willingness to stand up for what’s right, and prayer, paperwork, regardless how fine, guarantees nothing.

A Rosary Meditation … The Fourth Joyful Mystery, the Presentation in the Temple. MARY AND JOSEPH, EVEN UNDER THE HEEL OF AN OPPRESSIVE GOVERNMENT LIKE ROME, HAD RELIGIOUS LIBERTY! They were able to go to the Temple freely and worship God in the way He dictated. Offer today’s Rosary for religious freedom, wherever it is that you live. It is your God-given right and no man, no group of men, can take it away from you. They do not have the right. But despotic rulers will always try. Remember that no bit of paper, framed in a man-made hall, regardless how beautiful the words or it’s frame, or how impressive the building it hangs in, is what guarantees your rights. There are only THREE guarantees for any liberty, any right. God’s will FIRST, your standing up for yourself and others regardless the consequences, and prayer.

Today …

St. Ulric

St. Ulric

St. Ulric. Patron against birth complications (and a host of other things). Being the patron regarding birth complications, considering that so many people now days consider pregnancy itself a complication and remedy the “problem” via abortion this saint might be a good prayer partner as regards the religious freedom of the unborn. Ulric was born at Augsburg, Germany. He was educated at St. Gall Abbey in Switzerland and by his uncle, St. Adalbeo, bishop of Augsburg. Ulric succeeded to the See as bishop in 923, and when Augsburg was plundered and ravaged by the Magyars, he led its inhabitants in the task of rebuilding the city and its cathedral. In his old age, he retired to St. Gall, named his nephew as his successor, and was accused of nepotism for his action. His canonization by Pope John XV in 993 is the first recorded canonization by a Pope. His feast day is July 4th.

The Fourth of July … “The challenge facing you, dear friends, is to increase people’s awareness of the importance for society of religious freedom; to defend that freedom against those who would take religion out of the public domain and establish secularism as America’s official faith. And it is vitally necessary for the very survival of the American experience, to transmit to the next generation the precious legacy of religious freedom and the convictions which sustain it.” Blessed John Paul II, 1995 Baltimore, Basilica of the Assumption.