This Independence Day I praise and give thanks to the Father of Peace for his providence and entrust the United States to his merciful love. I give thanks that the founders of my country understood that it is the Creator who endowed every man with the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Alongside the light of the joy of this day in the United States is a shadow caused by the yesterday’s cruel bombing in the Karada neighborhood in Baghdad, Iraq. May all who celebrate freedom, especially religious freedom, this day lift up to God those people and places in the world where freedom does not reign and beg for the return of the Prince of Peace.
Prayer of the Day (Collect option from Mass)
Father of all nations and ages,
we recall the day when our country
claimed its place among the family of nations;
for what has been achieved we give you thanks,
for the work that still remains we ask your help,
and as you have called us from many peoples to be one nation,
grant that, under your providence,
our country may share your blessings
with all the peoples of the earth.
Scripture of the Day: Isaiah 57:15–19
For thus says the high and lofty One,
the One who dwells forever, whose name is holy:
I dwell in a high and holy place,
but also with the contrite and lowly of spirit,
To revive the spirit of the lowly,
to revive the heart of the crushed.
For I will not accuse forever,
nor always be angry;
For without me their spirit fails,
the life breath that I have given.
Because of their wicked avarice I grew angry;
I struck them, hiding myself from them in wrath.
But they turned back, following the way
of their own heart.
I saw their ways,
but I will heal them.
I will lead them and restore full comfort to them
and to those who mourn for them,
creating words of comfort.
Peace! Peace to those who are far and near,
says the LORD; and I will heal them.
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- USCCB Resources Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship