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Statement On The Attacks Against Democracy

US Capital Building, Washington DC. // Photocredit: Christopher Ryan

In light of the attacks upon our democracy this week, let us reflect on the words of Abraham Lincoln, towards the end of the Civil War:

With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.” (Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address March 4, 1865)

Our necessary human efforts need to recognize and plea for God’s strength and providence:

Psalm 46
God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore, we will not fear,
though the earth gives way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, 
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging. 
There is a river whose streams make glad
the city of God, the holy place where the Highest dwells.  
God is within her; she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day. 
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.   
The LORD Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.”
Let us pray for our nation, let us pray for one another.

Read Full Statement from Monsignor Kevin Sullivan