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Celtic Prayer-

Thanks be to Thee, O God, that I have risen today,
To the rising of this life itself;
May it be to Thine own glory, O God of every gift
And to the glory of my soul likewise.


Christ beside me, Christ before me
Christ behind me, Christ within me
Christ beneath me, Christ above me
Christ within me.

In this invocation, we are wrapping ourselves with the garment of Christ’s presence. This is the mystery of the incarnation in our own lives.



Christianity Under Attack in America

One doesn’t have to follow the daily news for long to realize that Christianity in America is coming under attack like never before. While other religions get a free pass, it’s open season on the Judeo-Christian faith. So relentless is the assault against traditional Christian values that even a 7-foot memorial cross erected in 1934 by WW I veterans in a remote region of California’s Mohave Desert was not safe. Shortly after California’s district court denied an ACLU petition to remove the cross, thieves dismantled the cross and made off with it. Apparently nothing is sacred to those who rage against God. Christian symbols such as crosses, nativity scenes and displays of the Ten Commandments have long been sources of attack. School prayer at graduation, praying at school sporting events, and the very season of Christmas itself, have also been prime targets. Anti-Christianity firepower, however, has intensified. Removing any reference to God in textbooks and historical sites is an ongoing endeavor. Atheist Michael Newdow, in his relentless pursuit of a Godless America, continues to seek court approval to remove all vestiges of Christianity from the public square. His latest petitions sought to have “under God” removed from our Pledge of Allegiance, our national motto, “In God We Trust” removed from our currency, and the words, “…so help me God,” removed from our presidential oath. Fortunately, the courts denied the petitions.