On this July 4th, let us celebrate two things: the independence of the United States of America that we recognize on July 4th and the patroness of our country, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception.
As we commemorate our nations’ birth, we recognize our resources, the beauty and majesty of our lands, and especially, the religious freedoms that we have as a result of our independence. And, though it may seem paradoxical, while we celebrate our independence, we must admit our complete reliance upon God. It is only through God’s grace that we can accomplish anything at all. This month, may we recall what a blessing it is to live in such a nation, and may we never cease to express our gratitude to God for having given us such a loving and caring patroness to protect us. Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, pray for us. (Living with Christ, July 2021)