"Our duties towards the environment are linked to our duties towards the human person, considered in himself and in relation to others. It would be wrong to uphold one set of duties while trampling on the other. Herein lies a grave contradiction in our mentality and practice today: one which demeans the person, disrupts the environment, and damages society."
Caritas in Veritate, June 2009.
Sunday, July 3, 2011
America the Beautiful and God's Grace
This is one of the greatest hymns for the Fourth of July here in America. The lyrics by Katharine Lee Bates (1859-1929) begin with reflecting on the natural beauty of America—and the resources that helped build this nation. But the hymn quickly reminds us of that all things begin with God's grace, which perfects our nature.
As we Americans pause this weekend and this Fourth of July to reflect on our nation, its beauty and ourselves, let us particularly reflect on these lyrics from America the Beautiful:
God mend thine ev'ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law.
And now, for the master who can sing this hymn like no other . . .