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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

We tuned in to our favorite priest for Mass today. He mentioned that the day is known as “Respect Life Sunday”. In his homily, he started with the famous words from our own Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The priest outlined what is all wrapped up in that statement as there is not any single human rights issue that encompasses it all. He talked about abortion, euthanasia, health care, equal and fair salary, immigration, care for the environment, the poor and homeless . . . and I’m sure there are more. All of this is overwhelming for me to think about what I am supposed to do. But, he encouraged each person to do what they can in the situation they are in. He also encouraged each person to use their right and voice to pray and vote. I, personally, am having a hard time as there is not a candidate who emulates all of the above human rights. As if he knew, the priest ended by quoting Paul’s letter to the Phillipians, “Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” I appreciated his wisdom and insight.

I Found God today in additional insight during this season.

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