First Down with Fr. Eric (July 4, 2021)

Dear Friends,

Many of us are familiar with the idea that parents want to give to their children a life that is much better than what they experienced. There was a time where parents struggled with many challenges in life, and they would sacrifice so much to give their children opportunities that they may not have had. Sometimes the gift they give their children is appreciated and valued. Other times the gift is received with little awareness or appreciation of the sacrifice made in giving the gift. The gift is given, but not valued. It can be human nature that when things are simply given to us, we just take some things for granted.

The gift of freedom is one of those gifts. We see clearly that freedom is understood as doing whatever one chooses to do and no one should have the right to tell anyone what to do. There is little awareness of how one’s behavior might affect others. This narrow view of freedom usually does not see the responsibility to use freedom wisely and to protect this precious gift.

July 4th is a reminder that when one reads the history of the beginning of our nation, it was a lot of luck that things worked out. So much was working against the formation of this nation, yet there was a time that this country was a great model of people sacrificing and defending our freedom. This 4th of July we might recall that freedom is not just handed out and we do whatever we want to do with it. Rather it is to be valued, cherished and shared with many people in the world looking for freedom. We give thanks to God for the human freedom we have been blessed with, and we pray for the wisdom to use it properly.

Peace in Christ,

Fr. Eric