Independence Day or Dependence Day?

By David Carollo –

Declaration of IndependenceWhen in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

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, that to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…

We all know how the Declaration of Independence reads.  Fourteen hundred and fifty eight words by which our founders took a stand to separate from The British and become a new nation. God is mentioned or referred to five times in this document. It was apparent to the founders that without reliance on Divine Providence, separation from the most formidable nation on earth and the establishment of a new nation was not possible. They accepted that dependence on God was the only secure route to success, and established our laws to mirror the Ten Commandments.

Among the signers of this document was Charles Carroll, the only Catholic signatory to the document. His cousin was Archbishop John Carroll who became the first Catholic Bishop in the United States.  Archbishop Carroll composed a most appropriate prayer for our nation. All believing people should find logic in the words of his prayer printed below.

Have a happy 4th and God bless the Republic.

Prayer composed by Archbishop John Carroll

We pray Thee, O Almighty and Eternal God, Who through Jesus Christ hast revealed Thy glory to all nations, to preserve the works of Thy mercy, that Thy Church, being spread through the whole world, may continue with unchanging faith in the confession of Thy Name. 

We pray Thee, Who alone art good and holy, to endow with heavenly knowledge, sincere zeal and sanctity of life, our chief bishop, Pope (N), the Vicar of Our Lord Jesus Christ, in the government of his Church; our own bishop (N), all other bishops, prelates and pastors of the Church; and especially those who are appointed to exercise among us the functions of the holy ministry. … 

We pray Thee, O God of might, wisdom and justice, through Whom authority is rightly administered, laws are enacted and judgment decreed, assist with Thy Holy Spirit of counsel and fortitude the president of these United States, that his administration may be conducted in righteousness, and be eminently useful to Thy people over whom he presides; by encouraging due respect for virtue and religion; by a faithful execution of the laws in justice and mercy; and by restraining vice and immorality. Let the light of Thy divine wisdom direct the deliberations of Congress, and shine forth in all the proceedings and laws framed for our rule and government, so that they may tend to the preservation of peace, the promotion of national happiness, the increase of industry, sobriety and useful knowledge; and may perpetuate to us the blessing of equal liberty. 

We pray for the governor, for the members of the assembly, for all judges, magistrates and other officers … that they may be enabled, by Thy powerful protection, to discharge the duties of their respective stations with honesty and ability. 

We recommend likewise, to Thy unbounded mercy, all our brethren and fellow citizens throughout the United States, that they may be blessed in the knowledge and sanctified in the observance of Thy most holy law; that they may be preserved in union, and in that peace which the world cannot give; and after enjoying the blessings of this life, be admitted to those which are eternal. 

To these, O Lord, grant, we beseech Thee, a place of refreshment, light and everlasting peace, through the same Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior. Amen. 


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David Carollo is the Executive Director of the World Apostolate of Fatima, USA

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