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Jul 6, 2020

This is Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington.

Our celebration of Independence Day reminded us of our gratitude for the precious gift of freedom and of the sacrifices so many have made and continue to make to protect the freedom that is ours. Sadly, some think freedom means that we can do whatever we want; whenever we want. That is not the case. True freedom requires faithfulness to Our Creator and his commands and ways, which are given to us not as a burden but as a gift so we may live and act in accordance with whom we are: God’s beloved sons and daughters. True freedom is found not in selfishness but in selflessness; the giving of ourselves in service to others, especially those who need us the most. True freedom is not a life of independence away from God but a total reliance on his love and mercy. Only by following him, will we and our nation be truly free!