From the Parish Priest – Fr. Romey Rosco
Recently, a local school board had to “require” students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag each day before classes.
The principal of the local high school was against the ruling, along with some parents, teachers and students, stating that “the daily recital (of the pledge) would soon become trivial and mundane for the students.” “Let’s allow them to demonstrate patriotism with actions, not merely with words,” the principal said.
How about words and actions?
How would it be if we all went to our various churches regularly and said nothing? Would that be okay, as long as we do charitable works and act Christian, Muslim or Hebrew towards one another? Would our young people ever know The Lords Prayer, for example, if they were never called upon to say it? The same should apply to the Pledge.
“O Lord, open my lips and my mouth will show forth Your praise!” (Ps. 50:15)
“My country ’tis of thee…. I sing!”
From The Weekly Bulletin, Vol. XXVIII No. 47, 2 December 2001
Sts. Peter & Paul Romanian Orthodox Church, Dearborn Heights MI