Leading up to the election, we are examining our nation’s roots in Philadelphia, PA.
Charles Carroll was a leader of the American Revolution and the only Roman Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence. He helped to draft the Maryland Constitution, was a member of the Committee of Correspondence, and eventually became a United States Senator, where he helped to establish the Bill of Rights.
He attended the Jesuits’ College at St. Omar, France, and then a seminary in Rheims. In a letter, Carroll wrote:
“Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion, whose morality is so sublime & pure, [and] which denounces against the wicked eternal misery, and [which] insured to the good eternal happiness, are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments.”
Romans 13:8-10 ESV
Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
We cry out for Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love, to love one another, to love even the least of these–the unborn child. Amen.