4th of July: Our love of country is shaped by our love for Christ

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14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: July 4, 2010
Isa 66:10-14; Ps 66:1-7, 16, 20; Gal 6:14-18; Luke 10:1-12, 17-20

In the United States, we celebrate Independence Day on July 4, because July 4, 1776, is the date marked on the Declaration of Independence—the date that the text of that declaration was approved; and, soon after which, it was signed.

Now there are 56 signers of the Declaration. One of them was Catholic: Charles Carroll of Carrollton, which names the land that he owned in Frederick County, here in Maryland. He had a cousin, Daniel Carroll, who was one of the signers of the U.S. Constitution a decade later; and he had another cousin, John Carroll, who became the first Catholic bishop in the United States.

All three of those Carrolls, along with the other Catholics in the English colonies, had been living under very severe legal restrictions throughout the 1700s, up until that point. (more…)

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