Our Lady and Sheen

Declaration of Independence

As I stated in the last post, I was reading the Declaration today in honor of the Fourth of July, and there was one grievance which I had never really focused on before.  I think it is the greatest grievance of them all:

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

Sometimes, we all fall into a place where we believe that to be a Christian man, is to be very nice to everyone and not to offend anyone if it is at all possible.  We think that the “WWJD” bracelets would encourage us to say it’s ok to do this, or avoid that, or even encourage this or that, even when evil, as long as it’s not ourselves that are doing the act.  We see the light of “manliness” through the eyes of gentile acceptance of everything that happens.

The forefathers who wrote the Declaration point out quite intentionally that one of their grievances with the king’s government is that he dissolves bodies that act like men in standing against injustice.  They point out that the representative houses oppose with a “manly firmness” the wrongs done to the people of our then colonies.  How often then, do we say, oh yes, I will oppose abortion, or the degradation of the family, but I can not speak out in the public square regarding it.  Isn’t there a charity or an organization that I can give some money to, in order to assuage my conscience.  “Yes, I know that speaking out needs to be done, but I am only one MAN, so what can I do?”  You, my dear Christian man, can do more with one act of “opposing with manly firmness” than any amount of money could ever do.

One man brought the fall of mankind, when he refused to oppose with “manly firmness” the great dragon that is called Satan, while in the garden.

One man spilled blood on the earth, when he refused to oppose with “manly firmness” the sin of envy, and slaughtered his brother.

BUT!

One man opposed his own doubts with “manly firmness” and stood ready to offer his only begotten son up to God, and received not only his son back, but the promise of a progeny beyond numbers.

One man stood in opposition to Pharaoh and his court with “manly firmness,” and brought God’s people out of bondage.

One man stood in opposition to evil with “manly firmness,” and became a child, a carpenter, drove out secularism from the Temple, stood before kings and governors, had his blood spilled and was lifted high on a tree for the TRUTH, and the TRUTH has set us free.

One man may do anything, or nothing.  One man may pray diligently, or cower in luke-warmness.  One man may cry out in the wilderness to prepare the way of the Lord, or betray the master with a kiss.

I call on each of us to make our own declaration of independence, from a spirit of fear and bondage, to turn to the Living God, and say:

“LORD!  We are FREE, and in that FREEDOM, we choose SERVITUDE to You, who are above all else.  THY WILL BE DONE!”

All you Holy Saints and Angels, pray for us!

Lord God, in our failings, have mercy on us!

Lord God, in our successes, have mercy on us!

Jesus, who did not oppose the flesh of lowly man, pour out your graces on us, and bring us into life everlasting with you, who with the Father and the Holy Spirit live and reign forever and ever.

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July 4, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Amen!

    Comment by Christine Pennacchio | July 4, 2010 | Reply


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