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The Character of George Washington

When George Washington died in 1799, Congress passed a resolution naming him “first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen.” In his new book, “Founding Father,” Richard Brookhiser reflects on why Washington warranted this great tribute. “Founding Father” is a “moral biography,” a meditation on the importance of character, […]

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A Prayer for Guidance

O eternal and everlasting God, I presume to present myself this morning before thy Divine majesty, beseeching thee to accept of my humble and hearty thanks, that it hath pleased thy great goodness to keep and preserve me the night past from all the dangers poor mortals are subject to, and has given me sweet […]

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Clinton Campaign Chairman Plots “Revolution” with the Church

It has long been the position of this website to promote Benedictine spirituality and stay away from the various debates among political parties in the United States. Recent information released from Wikileaks as made it very clear, however, that there are elements within the Democrat Party and specifically the Clinton campaign attempting to sow the […]

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George Washington: Let me live according to those holy rules …

O most Glorious God, in Jesus Christ my merciful and loving father, I acknowledge and confess my guilt, in the weak and imperfect performance of the duties of this day. I have called on thee for pardon and forgiveness of sins, but so coldly and carelessly, that my prayers are become my sin and stand […]

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Religion and morality are indispensable supports

Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, Religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism, who should labour to subvert these great Pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of Men & citizens. The mere Politician, equally with the pious […]

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“Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance makes a difference

As we approach Flag Day, Tuesday, there are those in our nation who would have “under God” removed from our pledge of allegiance. True, it was added to the original pledge. For good reason. It might be helpful to reflect on a speech given in February 1954, which reportedly was instrumental in motivating President Dwight […]

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Washington’s “Earnest Prayer”

. . . I now make it my earnest prayer that God would have you, and the State over which you preside, in his holy protection, that he would incline the hearts of the Citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to Government, to entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another, for […]

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George Washington’s Prayer

O eternal and everlasting God, I presume to present myself this morning before thy Divine majesty, beseeching thee to accept of my humble and hearty thanks, that it hath pleased thy great goodness to keep and preserve me the night past from all the dangers poor mortals are subject to, and has given me sweet […]

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George Washington and the First Thanksgiving

Most Americans know that George Washington issued the first Thanksgiving Day proclamation, but I wonder how many have read it. Perhaps this Thanksgiving we should not only read but pray it and submit ourselves and our Nation to the God of our fathers, both Abraham and Washington. [New York, 3 October 1789] By the President […]

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The Faith of George Washington

. . . we now have a remarkable ability to uncover what earlier scholars were unable to access. And when we let Washington’s own words and deeds speak for his faith we get quite a different perspective than that of most recent modern historians. Washington referred to himself frequently using the words “ardent,” “fervent,” “pious,” […]

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