Independence Day Reflection
I meant to post this on the 4th, but time got away from me…
WARNING: I am rambling a bit.
In the morning Mass was offered in St. Francis Medical Center Chapel(instead of the convent chapel) so that patients and visitors could attend. After Mass I spent the rest of the morning doing some spiritual reading and meditation. As I sat in the presence of Our Lord that morning I was drawn to reflect upon what independence means to me in light of my vocation to the religious life, and in our country. I thought of the freedom of religion. The thought occurred to me that people in other countries are not free to worship God as they see fit. The region of the Middle East came to mind. It would be impossible for me to dedicate my life to the Lord in the religious life in a country like Iran.(At least I think so… If I’m wrong please correct me.) The great freedom of speech, assembly, and petition- where it is counted as a sacred duty to participate in government & to effect changes. As from the Gettysburg Address: “…and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.” Pondering the freedoms we have, I sat there speechless, but thanking God for the sacrifice of our forefathers and our veterans.
What a wonderful country we live in!
May God bless America!