Skip to content
Deacon Keith Fournier Hi reader, it seems you use Catholic Online a lot; that's great! It's a little awkward to ask, but we need your help. If you have already donated, we sincerely thank you. We're not salespeople, but we depend on donations averaging $14.76 and fewer than 1% of readers give. If you donate just $5.00, the price of your coffee, Catholic Online School could keep thriving. Thank you. Help Now >

Making a Difference: Independence Day 2019: Where do we go from here?

Free World Class Education
FREE Catholic Classes

By Tony Magliano
7/2/2019 (2 weeks ago)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)

A birthday is naturally a time to celebrate the God-given gift of life -- the past year, as well as all the years the Almighty has blessed each of us with. 

In a nation and world that in so many ways flows against the Gospel of Jesus Christ, faithful disciples must be countercultural!

In a nation and world that in so many ways flows against the Gospel of Jesus Christ, faithful disciples must be countercultural!

Highlights

By Tony Magliano
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
7/2/2019 (2 weeks ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Independence Day, Fourth Of July, Nation, United States, Mission


A birthday also presents each of us with an ideal opportunity to honestly and humbly assess where we are in life. It's a time to prayerfully discern in what direction is God calling us to go in?

And as it is with each of our individual birthdays, so too it is with our nation's birthday.  

As Americans know, July 4 is the birthday of the United States. And most people living in the U.S. have much to celebrate. For example, the Bill of Rights which enshrines basic human freedoms of religion, speech, the press, peaceful assembly and the liberty to petition the government over grievances are model qualities in a nation. 

But in the midst of celebration, we would be wise to also pay attention to the other side of the coin. 

Such slogans as "My country right or wrong" and "America love it or leave it" are not patriotic; in truth they hurt the health of the United States. Americans who espouse such feelings ignore the nation's many critical ills. 

If a loved-one has a serious addiction, would it be wise and loving to say my spouse or sister, teenage son or best friend is totally fine and healthy, and thus ignore their addiction? Of course not!

And so likewise it is with one's country. 

Americans who truly love the U.S., and people of every nation who truly love their country, will honestly and maturely identify the ills of the nation and strive to treat those sicknesses with loving life-giving remedies that help all people to be well -- in body, mind and soul. 

In a nation and world that in so many ways flows against the Gospel of Jesus Christ, faithful disciples must be countercultural!

We need to tirelessly urge the U.S. and other nations to create the political, economic, cultural and spiritual conditions where abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, the death penalty, racism, poverty, hunger, unsafe drinking water, homelessness, unavailable health care, poor education, unemployment/underemployment, illicit drug use, climate change/global warming, weapons manufacturing, the arms trade, war preparation, waging wars and callousness toward migrants and refugees no longer exist. 

And instead, we need to urgently develop national and international policies and social conditions which comprehensively nurture social justice, peace and love for all people -- born and unborn -- as well as for the common earth-home we all share.

Twelve years ago I had the great privilege of interviewing the late courageous peace-activist Father Daniel Berrigan, S.J.  With penetrating wisdom he said, "We must ask ourselves are we Christians who happen to be Americans, or are we Americans who happen to be Christian?" This is a crucial question! A crucial question for our salvation and for the salvation of our nation. And it is a question which is equally applicable to Christians in every nation. 

So, what really matters to you?  Having a "patriotism" that is blind to the ills of the nation, or a faith in Christ and the advancement of the kingdom of God on earth? 

Do we allow political, economic and cultural beliefs to trump the Good News of Jesus? Or in a turbulent world, is the Gospel the rock-solid foundation upon which you and I stand?

----------------------------

       Tony Magliano is an internationally syndicated social justice and peace columnist. He is available to speak at diocesan or parish gatherings. Tony can be reached at tmag@zoominternet.net.
 

---


'Help Give every Student and Teacher FREE resources for a world-class Moral Catholic Education'


Copyright 2019 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK


Comments


More U.S.

Pro-life women deliver semi-truck full of supplies, $72,000 to the border Watch

Image of

The heat index in McAllen, Texas was 125 degrees on Saturday, but that did not stop members of the pro-life movement from delivering a ... continue reading


Appeals court upholds injunction against contraception mandate exemption Watch

Image of

A federal appeals court on Friday unanimously blocked Department of Health and Human Services rules that would have exempted employers who ... continue reading



Bishops denounce new asylum policy at U.S.-Mexico border Watch

Image of Trump initiates new asylum policies.

The president of U.S. bishops' conference issued a statement on Tuesday condemning a newly-announced rule on asylum eligibility at the ... continue reading


Orange diocese to dedicate Christ Cathedral Watch

Image of Kate Veik - CNA

The Diocese of Orange will dedicate its Christ Cathedral July 17 after a seven-year, $77-million renovation process. Orange, Calif. (CNA) - ... continue reading


San Francisco auxiliary bishop, seminary rector, dies age 70 Watch

Image of

Bishop Robert Christian, O.P., an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of San Francisco and rector of St. Patrick Seminary in Menlo Park, ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Deacon Keith Fournier Hi readers, it seems you use Catholic Online a lot; that's great! It's a little awkward to ask, but we need your help. If you have already donated, we sincerely thank you. We're not salespeople, but we depend on donations averaging $14.76 and fewer than 1% of readers give. If you donate just $5.00, the price of your coffee, Catholic Online School could keep thriving. Thank you. Help Now >

Information
Learn about Catholic world

Catholic Online
Inform - Inspire - Ignite

Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained

Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need

Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online

Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye

Daily Reading
Today's bible reading

Lent / Easter
Death & resurrection of Jesus

Advent / Christmas
Birth of Jesus

Rest of Catholic Online
All Catholic world we offer

Services
Products and services we offer

Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books

Advertise on Catholic Online
Your ads on catholic.org

Catholic Online Email
Email with Catholic feel

Education
Learn the Catholic way

Catholic Online School
Free Catholic education for all

Student Classes
K-12 & Adult Education Classes

Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education

Socials
Connect with us online

Catholic Online on Facebook
Catholic social network

Catholic Online on Twitter
Catholic Tweets

Catholic Online on YouTube
Enjoy our videos

Catholic Online on Instagram
Shared Catholic moments

Catholic Online on Pinterest
Catholic ideas style inspiration

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2019 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2019 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.

Catholic Online is a Project of Your Catholic Voice Foundation, a Not-for-Profit Corporation. Your Catholic Voice Foundation has been granted a recognition of tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Federal Tax Identification Number: 81-0596847. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.