Celebrating our nation’s birthday on July 4 elicits wonderful memories related to my life. My experiences as a high school American History teacher, my favorite law school class in Constitutional Law, and my parents whose immigrant backgrounds formed my love of history and principles of justice, service, patriotism, and goodwill.
From remarks presented by Pope Francis to a U.S. congressional joint session in 2015, he reflected on our American history stating, “…(to) serve and promote the good of the human person and be based on respect for his or her dignity…” are foundational to our Constitution and democracy. Pope Francis concluded with, “God Bless America.”
At Catholic Charities, we remain faithful to our legacy and mission to empower individuals and strengthen families in serving our communities by providing food, housing, health, hospitality and safety to those in need. As we prepare for our 100th year anniversary in 2025, we will share stories from our past and present, as well as plans for our future endeavors.
By understanding our collective history, its promises and struggles, freedoms and liberties, expressions and experiences, and rights and responsibilities, we can embrace our vision as a people filled with the Holy Spirit.
What special memories do you reflect on as we celebrate this Independence Day?