On this Fourth of July, 238 years after Congress declared independence from the British Empire through the Declaration of Independence, it's well worth reminding ourselves of a number of things about the Founding era.
At Gettysburg, 150 years ago today, Abraham Lincoln rewrote the very idea of America. And he did it in a mere 278 words.
Catholics can keep faith with the Fathers of the Church and the Founding Fathers of our Nation only by voting for those who defend the fundamental right to life and the First Amendment guarantee of religious freedom.
In a frequently misquoted line from the Life of Reason, George Santayana said: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
While the Civil War brought violence and destruction to the nation on a horrific scale, it did provide the Catholic Church in America, a means to show the "better angels of our nature" and the loyalty and Christian sense of duty of its parishioners.
A friend once said I think shrewdly that if people want to understand the United States, they need to read two documents. Neither one is the Declaration of Independence. Neither one is the Constitution.