Presidents On Faith

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind
~Matthew 22:37

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Presidents’ Day is this Monday, February 20. Many presidents understood and spoke of the importance of faith for America. Our Catholic Faith doesn’t propose how a public policy is to be carried out. It does, however, propose the dignity of the individual and what issues are critical to a nation. Effective policies and laws that achieve these are best arrived at by the reasoned and prudent decisions of voters and those they elect. But these need a clear and common moral compass. In celebrating Presidents’ Day, we look at some of their reflections on the importance of faith in our democratic republic.

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“It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor. Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable. – George Washington

The Declaration of Independence laid the cornerstone of government upon the first precepts of Christianity. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

– John Adams

Intelligence, patriotism, Christianity, and a firm reliance on Him who has never yet forsaken this favored land, are still competent to adjust in the best way all our present difficulties. – Abraham Lincoln

The next half century will determine if we will advance the cause of Christian civilization or revert to the horrors of brutal paganism. – Theodore Roosevelt

The fundamental basis of this Nation’s law was given to Moses on the Mount. The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings which we get from Exodus and St. Matthew, from Isaiah and St. Paul.  – Harry S. Truman

Without God there could be no American form of government, nor an American way of life. Recognition of the Supreme Being is the first, the most basic, expression of Americanism. Thus, the founding fathers of America saw it, and thus with God’s help, it will continue to be.  – Dwight D. Eisenhower

There is a quotation from Lincoln which I think is particularly applicable today. He said, ‘I believe there is a God. I see the storm coming, and I believe He has a hand in it. If He has a part and a place for me, I believe that I am ready.’ We see the storm coming, and we believe He has a hand in it; and if He has a place and a part for us, I believe that we are ready.  – John F. Kennedy

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The Bible and its teachings helped form the basis for the Founding Fathers’ abiding belief in the inalienable rights of the individual, rights which they found implicit in the Bible’s teachings of the inherent worth and dignity of each individual….For centuries the Bible’s emphasis on compassion and love for our neighbor has inspired institutional and governmental expressions of benevolent outreach such as private charity, the establishment of schools and hospitals, and the abolition of slavery. – Ronald Reagan


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