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Re-birthing America

On  July 4, 1776, these men, and their families supporting them published the sacred document, the Declaration of Independence, that created this country.  At its conclusion, they said: FOR THE SUPPORT OF THIS DECLARATION WITH A FIRM RELIANCE ON THE PROTECTION OF DIVINE PROVIDENCE WE MUTUALLY PLEDGE OUR LIVES, OUR FORTUNES AND OUR SACRED HONOR. […]

We hold these truths. . .

Dear Brothers and Sisters, This is an actual image of one of the four panels of the words of Thomas Jefferson emblazoned upon the walls of of perhaps America’s most sacred shrine, the Jefferson Memorial. The image was taken last October (2007) on my first pilgrimage to pray for our country’s transformation. I continue, as […]

One Nation / under GOD

Brothers and Sisters, I lived in Washington in 1979 – 80 and I had the summer to myself. I was working in a parish in Silver Spring. I would go down to the the Jefferson Memorial and grok on the words of the Declaration of Independence, the words that created our beloved country. I prayed […]

Hope for all of us in 2009

Holy Cross Abbey, Berryville, Virginia, October 2007  / © Bob Traupman 2009 2009 Dear Sisters and Brothers, May the new year bring hope and renewal and transformation to you, to your family, and to our beloved country and peace to all the world. This was my greeting at the beginning of 2008. I have just […]