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This Month of July: Freedom and the Pursuit of Happiness

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Residing in the United States, July holds one of the biggest celebration in the country, Independence Day. People take to the streets, parades happen across the nation, shouts of cheer and jubilation can be heard, fireworks light up the sky, and American Flags hang proud in households, businesses, and waved by the young and the old. On July 4, 1776,  a great country was born. The Declaration of Independence from Great Britain states this very famous phrase giving three examples of unalienable rights bestowed to human beings by God which goverments are responsible for protecting: Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. Beautiful isn’t it?

As I was reflecting on this, I wondered how this phrase applies to us in a spiritual level. I remembered a nun who taught 6th grade religion in my elementary school decades ago and her very extensive lecture about freedom but she called it, Responsible Freedom. She talked about free will and it’s relation to attaining happiness in life.  It is very interesting to note that we are constantly in search of the meaning of life and how to be truly happy. When one is free is he/she happy? As parents, how do we explain this concept of Responsible Freedom to our children who believe that being an adult means “doing whatever you want!” Let’s revisit this topic from my religion class and see how responsible freedom, free will, and happiness go together.

Last month, we celebrated the Feast of the Sacred Heart and focused on children. There are still a few articles to be posted in relation to these topics. Please watch out for them in the next days.

This month the Church celebrates the Precious Blood of Jesus. During the season of Lent, we remember the passion and death of our Lord for the salvation of all.  Let us take a look at the sorrowful moments of Jesus life to gain a better understanding of this celebration and through the Divine Mercy.

Ephesians 1:7

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace

Please visit our Divine Mercy Page for the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy and to understand the role of the Blessed Mother as Mother of Mercy.

Moms for Mary is keeping to its commitment of being an online prayer community. Last month, we launched a page dedicated to the Holy Rosary called Daily Rosary Offering in response to our Lady’s fervent request for the daily rosary to be said.

We have a very active prayer group in Facebook. The MMP Online Cenacle every Monday is going strong with at least 25 participant every Monday at 9 am EST. Ave Maria!

Please follow us to participate in sharings, reflections, and to see posts that may not be available in our website. One of which, is Living Our Consecration to Mary, a Sunday Gospel Reflection. An invitation to our Online Cenacle is sent every Sunday as a remember to all our members as well.

Please join our community and together, let’s keep our prayers united!

May God bless us all! Immaculate Heart of Mary, Pray for Us!

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