“When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation…..We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
The Declaration of Independence, one of our founding documents and adopted on July 4, 1776, mentions “the Laws of Nature” in its opening paragraph.
His Excellency, Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison, Wisconsin, recently visited the Institute of Catholic Culture on June 16. Bishop Morlino addressed the importance of natural law in our understanding of morality. It is especially fitting today to reflect on natural law, as it is only with a proper understanding of this universal law of nature that we can defend all the rights and freedoms we have historically enjoyed here in the U.S.A.
Today is the Day of Independence for the United States of America. Ensure you take time to understand the founding principles upon which our nation was founded – these “laws of nature” which entitle us, according to our Founding Fathers, to “certain unalienable Rights.”