Thursday is “new post day” on the blog, but we’re taking a break this week to celebrate the holiday. We hope that you are able to enjoy this day with family and friends, or by just relaxing. As Americans, we cherish our freedom and honor all those who have and continue to sacrifice themselves so that we can live in peace and pursue happiness. But we must never forget that with freedom comes responsibility, and that ultimately our freedom is a gift from God.

As we celebrate American Independence Day, let us thank God for His good gifts to us, and know that even in times of difficulty and sorrow He is with us and He loves us.

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Are we not perhaps all afraid in some way? If we let Christ enter fully into our lives, if we open ourselves totally to him, are we not afraid that He might take something away from us? Are we not perhaps afraid to give up something significant, something unique, something that makes life so beautiful? Do we not then risk ending up diminished and deprived of our freedom? . . . No! If we let Christ into our lives, we lose nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing of what makes life free, beautiful and great. No! Only in this friendship are the doors of life opened wide. Only in this friendship is the great potential of human existence truly revealed. Only in this friendship do we experience beauty and liberation. ~Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

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