My own personal concerns were of changes I see occurring about us as a community, as a nation with regards to our freedom and in particular our freedom of religion. I was struck by the various presenters’ usurpations of the prayerful moment to invoke politics; which reminded of the words of Peter Kreeft: “Peter Maurin and Dorothy Day defined a good society as one that makes it easy for you to be good. Correlatively, a free society is one that makes it easy to be free. To be free, and to live freely, is to live spiritually, because only spirit is free—matter is not. To live spiritually is to live morally. The two essential properties of spirit that distinguish it from matter are intellect and will—the capacity for knowledge and moral choice. The ideals of truth and goodness. The most radical threat to living morally today is the loss of moral principles.”
Yes, our nation has grown restless. We should not at all wonder that our hearts have become restless, for the things of this world are fleeting, as fleeting as the clouds which flew by as we listened and prayed yesterday at the foot of those four towering limestone pillars of freedom: Freedom from Oppression, Freedom of Speech, Freedom from Fear, and Freedom of Religion. It occurred to me as I read the Gospel this morning how we enjoy these freedoms no matter the circumstances, no matter the course our government takes with regards to our freedoms, because our Lord offers us assurance “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” Our trust in God is the greatest assurance of these four freedoms and His assurance is an assurance no government can offer, or take away. We are given a dignity and worth in God’s eyes which is beyond anything we can imagine. We are given freedoms for which there is no comparison.