Happy Birthday America!
O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
God shed his grace on these,
And crown they good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea.
O beautiful, for pilgrim feet,
Whose stern impasssioned stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
God mend thine ev'ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law
According to the Gospel, freedom is not achievement but gift. Freedom is not license but radical obedience to God's liberating law of love. Let us give thanks for the gifts of freedom we have received and, trusting in God as did our nation's founders, let us seek to share them as gifts with all who are still enslaved by political oppression, social or economic injustice, or personal sin. - Today's Magnificat