If [THEY] THE PEOPLE of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty [for themselves] and [their] Posterity, [in] ordaining and establish[ing] [the] Constitution for the United States of America and subsequently amending it with the Bill of Rights
1. [It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks, Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God, through Christ our Lord. – Cf. Prefaces from the Roman Missal]↩
Cf. My comment posted on Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015 9:16 PM (EDT):
I am afraid that this article has failed to articulate what True Religious Freedom is. It is:
The oath the LORD our God swore to our Father Abraham: to set us free from the hands of our enemies, free to worship him – in Spirit and in Truth [cf. Jn 4:23-24 (RSVCE)] – without fear, holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life. – cf. Canticle of Zechariah. [see also Benedictus | Canticles | liturgies.net].
It is not:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof[.]
This comment should … manifest the error of U.S. Constitution – Amendment 1.
The action required of the State in True Freedom of Religion is to foster [and not hinder] the Catholic Faith and to allow all her citizens free access to it.
I ask you, please, to not neglect your prayer. All of us – the Pope, Cardinals, Bishops, priests, religious, lay faithful – we are all called to pray for the Synod. There is need of this, not of chatter! I also invite those who feel far away, or who are not accustomed to do so, to pray. This prayer for the Synod on the Family is for the good of everyone. – Pope Francis, Pope calls for renewed prayers for Synod on the Family | Vatican Radio.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
In you we contemplate
The splendour of true love,
We turn to you with confidence.
Holy Family of Nazareth,
Make our families, also,
Places of communion and cenacles of prayer,
Authentic schools of the Gospel,
And little domestic Churches.
Holy Family of Nazareth
May our families never more experience
Violence, isolation, and division:
May anyone who was wounded or scandalized
Rapidly experience consolation and healing.
Holy Family of Nazareth,
May the upcoming Synod of Bishops
Re-awaken in all an awareness
Of the sacred character and inviolability of the family,
Its beauty in the project of God.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
Hear and answer our prayer. Amen.
Good children listen with profound respect to even the simplest advice of the common Father and try sincerely to put it into practice. – In Conversation with God, 68.3, Francis Fernandez, Fourth Sunday of Easter, THE GOOD SHEPHERD. LOVE FOR THE POPE
With the Incarnation, the “promises” and “figures” of the Old Testament become “reality”: places, persons, events and rites interrelate according to precise divine commands communicated by angels and received by creatures who are particularly sensitive to the voice of God. Mary is the Lord’s humble servant, prepared from eternity for the task of being the Mother of God. Joseph is the one whom God chose to be the “overseer of the Lord’s birth,”(27) the one who has the responsibility to look after the Son of God’s “ordained” entry into the world, in accordance with divine dispositions and human laws. All of the so-called “private” or “hidden” life of Jesus is entrusted to Joseph’s guardianship.
The “figure” in the Old fully realized in the New is the person Joseph son of Jacob (In Matthew, Jacob is father of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin).
Behold a faithful and prudent steward, whom the LORD set over his household. (My emphasis).
Joseph in the Old answers those who are possessed to claim that after the birth of Jesus, Mary and Joseph had marital relations i.e., that their marriage was no longer virginal:
8 But he refused and said to his master’s wife, “Lo, having me my master has no concern about anything in the house, and he has put everything that he has in my hand;9 he is not greater in this house than I am; nor has he kept back anything from me except yourself, because you are his wife; how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” – Gen 39:8-9 (RSVCE).
Redemptoris Custos (Guardian of the Redeemer), 8, Apostolic Exhortation by Pope St. John Paul II [the Great] on St. Joseph, August 15 – the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – in the year 1989.
Mary and Joseph lived in the here and now what will be our state in the age to come:
Mark 12:24-25 (RSVCE)
24 Jesus said to them, “Is not this why you are wrong, that you know neither the scriptures nor the power of God? 25 For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.
“That age” is not the world of the earth, but the world of God, who, as we know from the First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians, will fill it entirely, becoming “everything to everyone” (1 Cor 15:28).
You are as unfaithful as adulterous wives; don’t you realize that making the world your friend is making God your enemy? Anyone who chooses the world for his friend turns himself into God’s enemy. Surely you don’t think scripture is wrong when it says: the spirit which he sent to live in us wants us for himself alone? But he has been even more generous to us, as scripture says: God opposes the proud but he gives generously to the humble. Give in to God, then; resist the devil, and he will run away from you. The nearer you go to God, the nearer he will come to you. Clean your hands, you sinners, and clear your minds, you waverers. Look at your wretched condition, and weep for it in misery; be miserable instead of laughing, gloomy instead of happy. Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will lift you up. [The Jerusalem Bible: Reader’s Edition] (My emphasis)
[…] May it unite me more closely to Thee, the one true God and lead me safely through death to everlasting happiness with Thee. And I pray that Thou willest lead me, a sinner to the banquet where Thou with Thy Son and Holy Spirit, art true and perfect light, total fulfillment, everlasting joy, gladness without end, and perfect happiness to Thy saints. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen. (My emphasis)