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This is how I prefer to think of my nation: a cutting of the English oak, transplanted across the sea and set in the wild, vast soil of the new continent, and fed with the added spores of all other nations in their turn, until it became something vast and quite unique in human history.
Saint Joseph the Worker stands as an eternal reminder that it is in our daily duties and responsibilities, in caring for those under our care, and not in grand schemes of large-scale reform that we render service to God.
Coming in the midst of the Easter season, the Rogation Days are an ancient custom wherein the Church offers prayer and penance for protection from natural disasters and blessings on the crops. They are an excellent opportunity to recall our dependence on the natural world and to teach respect for her.
"For all the original's surface-level simplicity and unpretentiousness, it is clearly the product of higher, more assured culture than our own; one that had a far greater sense of its own identity, values, and ideals, that was unafraid to take risks or to grapple with the thorny problems of life."