Monday, July 4, 2022

Verso l'alto - "To the heights!"...

  ...everlasting joy will crown their heads. 
Gladness and joy will overtake them,
and sorrow and sighing will flee away. - Isaiah 35: 10

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"I urge you with all the strength of my soul
to approach the Eucharist Table
as often as possible.

Feed on this Bread of the Angels
from which you will draw the strength
to fight inner struggles."

Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati
Italy ~ 1901-1925
"Man of the Eight Beatitudes"
Patron of World Youth Days
Motto:  Verso l'alto - "To the heights!"
Feast  Day – July 4

“To live without faith, without a patrimony to defend,
without a steady struggle for truth, that is not living,
but merely existing; we must never just "exist". - Bl Pier-Giorgio

*To this day, Frassati's body remains incorrupt:   "When they opened 
Pier Giorgio´s tomb in 1981, his body was perfectly preserved,"
recalled one witness. "He had a smile on his face and a rosary in his hands.
It was like meeting him for the first time."


4th of July: Blessed Independence Day:
Let freedom ring !


Today we make again our own
The hope which Christ, our life, has sown:
In fertile fields and streets of stone,
Let freedom ring!
Where Justice works amid the weed
Of rampart want and choking greed,
To loose the voice of human need,
Let freedom ring!
Where Mercy's fingers, slashed and torn,
Untangle love from twisted thorn
Of anger, disbelief and scorn,
Let freedom ring!
Where hearts imprisoned toil and weep,
Our founders' dreams still trouble sleep
With harvests we have yet to reap:
Let freedom ring!
In Christ, we tend what God has planned,
With justice, mercy, truth in hand
Till joy sings out through all the land:
Let freedom ring!

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" I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, 
as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, 
as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. 
It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade...
Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent 
to the other from this Time forward forever more."  - John Adams

"Everyone has the right to Freedom of opinion and Expression.
This right includes freedom to hold opinions
without interference and to seek, receive and impart information
and ideas through any Media and regardless of frontiers.
My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again
be seen as the last best hope of earth."  - Abraham Lincoln

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