As people in the U.S. celebrate the 4th, may it remind us not so much of nationalism as the longing of all creation for the glorious liberty of the children of God.
May we seek independence of the powers that corrupt and destroy the creatures of God, interdependence with our brothers and sisters, and radical dependence on our Creator. For, as Karl Rahner once observed, the degree of our dependence on God and the degree to which we ourselves are free are related in direct proportion (rather than inverse proportion).
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