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National Anthems and Love

A delightful video of 70 people attempting to sing the national anthems of their countries.  Being, I hope, an American patriot myself, I can appreciate patriotism for their native lands in others.  I never trust people who can never find anything good to say either about their families or their homelands.  God made us to love, and if we cannot love our nearest and dearest, that is sad, and usually, albeit not always, a shameful reflection on ourselves other than upon those we refuse to love.  I agree with Sir Walter Scott:

 

 

Breathes there the man, with soul so dead, 
Who never to himself hath said, 
    This is my own, my native land! 
Whose heart hath ne'er within him burn'd, 
As home his footsteps he hath turn'd, 
    From wandering on a foreign strand! 
If such there breathe, go, mark him well; 
For him no Minstrel raptures swell; 
High though his titles, proud his name, 
Boundless his wealth as wish can claim; 
Despite those titles, power, and pelf, 
The wretch, concentred all in self, 
Living, shall forfeit fair renown, 
And, doubly dying, shall go down 
To the vile dust, from whence he sprung, 
Unwept, unhonour'd, and unsung.
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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.

3 Comments

  1. Patriotism is the love of God and country. Willing the good of all people, the world over, excluding no one, including all; all generations of “We, the people…”
    As the Catholic Church embraces all generations, past, present and future, the Triumphant in heaven, the militant on earth and the suffering in purgatory, Patriotism is a virtue that embraces all generations, past, present and future. The Preamble to our Constitution and its glorious inscription : “to secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our (constitutional) Posterity” all future generations. Yes. It is to say that abortionists have discarded their patriotism, their citizenship and especially their sovereign personhood to become outlaws, without God, without country and without Posterity, the true meaning of immorality, without morals or moral.

  2. Listening to 70 people sing their patriotism, I am reminded of my American, Polish, Russian, Jewish, Lithuanian, Tartar (Muslim) heritage. Oops and Scotch. Much happiness.

  3. You would certainly enjoy your Scotch heritage Mary, but I suspect you mean more than what is found in a bottle of single malt. Perhaps Scottish is what you meant. 🙂

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