RESPONSORIAL PSALM: Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: Géza Schneider, by Frank Szendrey
MASS SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:
|July||4||Monday||9:00 AM||Andrew & Teresa Misbrener, by Fr. David M. Misbrener|
|July||5||Tuesday||9:00 AM||Dr. Andrew D. Balunek, by George Balunek|
|July||6||Wednesday||9:00 AM||Thomas A. Sherman, III (sp. intention)|
|July||7||Thursday||9:00 AM||Lydia Bond (sp. intention)|
|July||8||Friday||9:00 AM||Fr. James J. Reymann|
|July||9||Saturday||5:00 PM||Márta Cziráky, by Anna Juhász|
|July||10||Sunday||11:15 AM||István és Katalin Palotay, by the Family|
FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: On July 4, our country celebrates its 246th anniversary of the nation’s stated independence from England. On that singular day, July 4, 1776, the original thirteen colonies declared their autonomy from the British Crown. The colonists did not want to be governed by a king from thousands of miles away whom they had perceived to rule over them in an unjust manner. Instead, they wanted to govern themselves with greater freedom and independence. Ever since this day, the notion of independence and liberty has become a motto, a rallying cry, and a way of life for America.
To achieve the stated goal of the revolution, the Founders decided to shape the new country not as a monarchy, but as a republic with a limited federal government, with most of the power left to the states – and to the individual. They knew at the beginning that the success or failure of this grand experiment was largely up to the citizenry: it would only work as long as everyone involved was absolutely dedicated to morality.
However, where does this morality come from? The thinking and the customs of the day? The drafters of the Declaration of Independence relied on a notion of natural law – a law that was not invented by people, but discovered to have been written by God into the “nature.” Thus, the natural law is unchangeable and valid in all circumstances. Unfortunately, it did not take long for the people to abandon the natural law piece by piece and begin to rely on the man-made laws which in turn can be shaped willy-nilly. Additionally, the separation of Church from State, which was meant to guarantee the free exercise of the religion, has in our days turned into pushing God out of Public Square and even limiting one’s public expression of faith.
As we celebrate America’s birthday, let us never forget that paradox: the independence of an individual or a country is contingent on the dependence on God. The more God is rejected, less independence we can preserve for ourselves, as we become slaves to our own increasingly selfish desires and passions. Conversely, the more we profess in word and deed our absolute dependence on God, the greater the strength and wisdom we will have to govern our hearts and our country properly. Thus, we can ask ourselves:
- How willingly are we yielding to God?
- Do we wait for Him to act dramatically before following His instructions?
- Do we have to see an explicit “thus says the LORD” before we will modify our behavior?
- Do we expect God to do things for us that we can—and should—do for ourselves?
- Are we determined to live by every word that proceeds from God, or just the ones that are convenient?
- Is prayer and weekly Mass a priority, or does our living for and with God wax and wane?
- Do we behave differently depending on who is or is not around?
- Can God depend on us to follow His way, regardless of the cost?
PRAYER FOR OUR NATION: Father of all nations and ages, we recall the day when our country claimed its place among the family of nations; for what has been achieved, we give You thanks, for the work that still remains we ask your help, and as you have called us from many peoples to be one nation, grant that, under your providence, our country may share your blessings with all the peoples of the earth. Through Christ our Lord. Amen (Roman Missal)
LAST WEEKENDS’ COLLECTION (6/26): Sunday collection: $2,509; Maintenance: $150. Proceeds from the charity dinner to benefit Hungarians in Ukraine: $2,465. May God reward your generosity. Thank you for sending in your donations by mail or using our website https://stemeric.com/donations/.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK, especially for Bev Kimar, Rose Dudevszky, Teréz Kalász, Gerő Kondray, Lajos Boday, and Julius Skerlan.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE DECEASED, especially for Elmar Koeberer whose Funeral Mass will be this Wednesday (7/6) at 11AM here at St. Emeric.
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