Before we celebrate our once-great nation, we need to take an honest assessment of it. If you've read this blog and others like it - and have been paying attention to current events - you'll realize that the United States of America is undergoing serious decay on all fronts. The deterioration has been primarily spiritual and moral as we've forgotten and even disdained our Christian roots and the Lord Jesus Christ. The decay naturally spread into economic and military aspects of our nation.
Our responsibility as Christians is to pray and work for repentance of all. Only then dare we entertain any hope of abating this rapid deterioration of our country - and western civilization, for that matter.
As well as being Independence Day, today is First Friday. Have you gone to Mass yet? If not, I'd suggest looking on the internet for a First Friday Mass that you can attend. Our Lord gave to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque very specific promises to those who receive Holy Communion on nine consecutive First Fridays; can we not agree that in this day and age that these graces are desperately needed?
Also, tomorrow is First Saturday. Our Lady of Fatima made additional promises to those who make reparation for sins and blasphemies of others. Please read this brief account. Again, do we not see that our poor world needs all the graces that our poor actions can procure for it? Those of you away on a nice holiday weekend - please go to Mass tomorrow as well. Everything else can wait.
I'll end this by quoting 2 Chronicles 7:14 (from the Douay-Rheims version): "And my people, upon whom my name is called, being converted, shall make supplication to me, and seek out my face, and do penance for their most wicked ways: then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sins and will heal their land."
Who are "my people"? That's us, folks! The responsibility is laid squarely on our shoulders. Let's move.