Five Catholic Quotes For Independence Day
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.
– Psalms 33: 12
Today, July 4th, we celebrate our nation’s independence, the 241st birthday of the United States of America. This is a day for celebration of our many freedoms.
Fireworks. Baseball games. Picnics. This is what the 4th of July means to most Americans today. But July 4th, 1776, was a very solemn day for the 55 men who affixed their signatures to the Declaration of Independence. For in so doing, they were risking their lives and fortunes to defend the proposition 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.” Liberty was a corollary of human dignity and to safeguard human dignity was the reason for their war of independence.
The teaching of Church is beautifully expressed in councils, encyclicals, and the Catechism. But it is expressed even more beautifully in the lives of its saints, such as St. Teresa of Calcutta who was a moving testimony to the dignity of the human person and St. John Paul II, who was the apostle of human dignity. In raising these two witnesses to the dignity of the altar, the Church is reaffirming the dignity of every single human person without exception. It is also affirming the duty to stand up for that dignity. It is insisting that indeed “all men are created equal, and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights” – which means rights that no government can take away.
~ Excerpted from The 4th of July, Human Dignity and The Catholic Church by Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosia
Catholic Quotes on Freedom, Democracy, and Human Dignity
Let us preserve freedom. Let us cherish freedom — freedom of conscience, religious freedom, the freedom of each person, each family, each people.
– Pope Francis, Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pa., September 26, 2015
Any country that accepts abortion is the poorest of the poor.
– St. Teresa of Calcutta
Authentic democracy is possible only in a State ruled by law, and on the basis of a correct conception of the human person… Nowadays there is a tendency to claim that agnosticism and skeptical relativism are the philosophy and the basic attitude which correspond to democratic forms of political life… As history demonstrates, a democracy without values easily turns into open or thinly disguised totalitarianism.
—Pope St. John Paul II in Centesimus Annus, No. 46
It is therefore urgently necessary, for the future of society and the development of a sound democracy, to rediscover those essential and innate human and moral values which flow from the very truth of the human being and express and safeguard the dignity of the person: values which no individual, no majority and no State can ever create, modify or destroy, but must only acknowledge, respect and promote. Consequently there is a need to recover the basic elements of a vision of the relationship between civil law and moral law, which are put forward by the Church, but which are also part of the patrimony of the great juridical traditions of humanity.
— Pope St. John Paul II in Evangelium Vitae, Nos. 70, 71
Many people are concerned with children of India, with the children of Africa where quite a few die of hunger, and so on. Many people are also concerned about the violence in this great country of the United States. These concerns are very good. But often these same people are not concerned with the millions being killed by the deliberate decision of their own mothers. And this is the greatest destroyer of peace today—abortion which brings people to such blindness.
— St. Teresa of Calcutta