Volume 4, Part 2

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There is strong evidence of a marked decline in fulfillment of the duties, obligations, and functions of being an American citizen – and in a citizenship that is faith-based, action-oriented, moral and just. Yet there is much cause for a hope that leads to action – action which strives to complete the “new birth of freedom” begun in 1776 – a freedom “under God” which continues to be contested.

In 1865, Sen. Charles Summer said: “That speech, uttered at the field of Gettysburg … sanctified by the martyrdom of its author, is a monumental act … the world at once noted what he said, and will never cease to remember it. The battle itself was less important than the speech. Ideas are always more [important] than battles.”

“… our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war (…) The world … can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living … to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is … for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth” (A. Lincoln).

This noble work remains unfinished!

Deacon Joseph B. Gorini, Mechanicsburg PA <///>< [First Published September 1, 2013]

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