A 4th OF JULY PRAYER
As we set out to celebrate today with hot dogs, hamburgers, spare ribs, potato salad and perhaps apple pie, let us take a moment to reflect on what today actually means.
America is a true sanctuary for many who hope for a better life. And unless you are Native American, that means all of us. The nations motto, e pluribus unum translated means, is Latin for “out of many, one.”
E Pluribus Unum was once the motto of the United States of America and references the fact that the cohesive single nation was formed as the result of the thirteen smaller colonies joining together. We Catholics are individuals, there are individual parishes, unique diocese but all merge together to form the One Holy Catholic Apostolic Church. Seems to be one and the same concept as our founding fathers devised.
The idea of this motto was not lost on our most famous founding father who often called upon his Christian Faith to implore our God to bestow his grace, blessings and protection upon this fledgling nation.
This prayer offered by the Father of our country to our Almighty Father might be his most poignant work. Dated 1783, it reads:
Let us pray for our nation now, two hundred thirty six years later that we embrace what is right not popular, what is just and not convenient, what is truly moral and not socially accepted. May God bless us and bless the USA!