Two cautionary notes for US Independence Day

The Trappist monk Thomas Merton once wrote

“It seems to me that there are very dangerous ambiguities about our democracy in its actual present condition. I wonder to what extent our ideals are now a front for organized selfishness and systematic irresponsibility. If our affluent society ever breaks down and the facade is taken away, what are we going to have left?”

St. Elizabeth of Portugal, who died on July 4, 1336, queen of Portugal, Franciscan tertiary, and peacemaker, once said

“Do not forget that when sovereigns are at war they can no longer busy themselves with their administration; justice is not distributed; no care is taken of the people; and this alone is your sovereign charge, this is the main point of your duty as kings.”

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