Our Catechism tells us a society cannot be well-ordered or prosperous unless the people with authority to govern devote themselves to work and care for the common good. It says the foundation of this authority must lie in moral order derived from God, and must follow His Natural Law. The common good has three essential elements: respect for fundamental rights and dignity of each person; development of society’s spiritual and material needs; and the peace and security of the people. Our Catechism says everyone should be concerned to create and support institutions that improve the conditions of human life (§1897 – §1927.)
The founding fathers of our country understood these principles and knew their young country must rely on God to make the right decisions. They wrote in the Declaration of Independence “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…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”; and again in the Constitution “We, the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Prosperity, do ordain and establish this Constitution of the United States of America.” Our leaders who wrote and signed these documents knew the importance of establishing a country founded on faith in God and following His laws.
Let’s face it, our great country is being threatened as it may have never been before. Not a threat from a Cold War adversary or mounting attack by fascist regime, but the threat of being divided within over the basic principles this country was founded on. As we celebrate the birth of our country, let’s not forget what our founders stood for. No matter our political affiliation, may we pray together for the Divine Providence of God to secure the Blessings of our Liberty so we have the courage to openly embrace our faith and choose leaders who protect life at all stages, ensure religious freedom, respect human dignity, form a more perfect union, and work for the common good of all. Deacon John