I have posted this painting by artist Jon McNaughton before. It is a powerful one, especially when you see the different figures portrayed as well as the documents lying on the steps. If you follow this link, you can hover over the painting's various parts and an explanation of the figure or document is given off to the side.
As our nation observes (I don't have the heart to use the word celebrate) Independence Day today, we are perhaps the farthest we have been as a nation from true freedom since the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were drafted by our founding fathers. The fabric of liberty and freedom are becoming more threadbare by the day.
May our prayers of supplication and reparation restore the fabric that this nation was founded upon. May we be once again, One Nation Under God.
I leave you with this prayer composed by John Carroll, the first archbishop of this country. He wrote it for the occasion of George Washington's inauguration, but it is extremely appropriate for our own day and time. Our pastor read it at the end of the Prayer of the Faithful at Mass today.