To a popular bumper sticker, “Freedom Is Not Free”, Fr. Steven Voss would add a line: “And Comfort is Not Our Ultimate Objective”. If colonists had chosen comfort in the American Revolution, they would have stayed in the original Thirteen Colonies, never left home, and lived under a king’s rule. In every conflict this nation has seen, “men and women of goodwill” set aside comfort and died for our Constitution and the Bill of Rights. These days, says Fr. Steven, “in the face of things that seek to assault the great blessing of this nation,” we need to ask what we can do, and “use our God-given intelligence to stand up and articulate what is truly right and just.”
Some might say, “I just want to turn off the TV, bury my head in the sand, and live my life in peace.” These people forget what Frances Scott Key saw that dark night in 1814 as the War of 1812 took its toll, when he wrote “The Star Spangled Banner”. Key saw our nation’s resolve, and today, his poem, our national anthem, still embraces “people who have the courage and strength to move forward.” As Catholics, we too must set aside comfort to protect human dignity, freedom for all, and the right to govern our own futures. Remember, says Fr. Steven, “Jesus puts us in this life to have heroic hearts after his own.” Click on the video above or on this link to hear Fr. Steven’s complete homily, July 6, 2014.