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Prayer for the United States of America

Fortnight flag

Prayer for the United States of America
Prayer of St. Augustine (†430)

BEFORE Thine eyes, O Lord, we bring our sins, and we compare them with the stripes we have received.
If we examine the evil we have wrought, what we suffer is little, what we deserve is great.
What we have committed is very grievous, what we have suffered is very slight.
We feel the punishment of sin, yet withdraw not from the obstinacy of sinning.
Under Thy lash our inconstancy is visited, but our sinfulness is not changed.
Our suffering soul is tormented, but our neck is not bent.
Our life groans under sorrow, yet amends not in deed.
If Thou spare us, we correct not our ways: if Thou punish, we cannot endure it.
In time of correction we confess our wrongdoing: after Thy visitation we forget that we have wept.
If Thou stretchest forth Thy hand, we promise amendment; if Thou withholdest the sword, we keep not our promise.
If Thou strikest, we cry out for mercy; if Thou sparest, we again provoke Thee to strike
Here we are before Thee, O Lord, confessedly guilty; we know that unless Thou pardon we shall deservedly perish.
Grant then, O almighty Father, without our deserving it, the pardon we ask; Thou Who madest out of nothing those Who ask Thee. Through Christ our Lord. Amen
V. Deal not with us, O Lord, according to our sins.
R. Neither reward us according to our iniquities.
Let us pray.—O God, Who by sin art offended and by penance pacified, mercifully regard the prayers of Thy suppliant people, and turn away the scourges of Thy wrath, which we deserve for our sins. Through Christ our Lord. R. Amen.

Happy Independence Day from the National Association of American Lay Catholics

Happy July 4th on this 236th Anniversary of our Independence as a sovereign nation.

On this day, July 4, 2012 I thought it fitting to announce the new official name of this organization, the National Association of American Lay Catholics.

There is much work ahead for us Catholics today just as there was for our new nation after it declared its independence.  Today, we declare independence from unjust laws that violate our religious freedom.  Please join in defending against the persecutions directed at the Church and the United States.

The following photos are included here from the U.S. Capitol rotunda in honor of this day:

John Trumbull’s painting of the signing of the Declaration of Independence

Accompanying key of the painting

O Holy Spirit, strengthen us to defend all that is holy.

Peter L. Hodges Sr.