Washington D.C., Jul 5, 2016 / 11:19 am
On America’s 240th Independence Day, Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh called on Catholics to be “footnotes” for the truth that is Christ.
“I would like to suggest, on this Fourth of July celebration, as we mark the end of our Fortnight for Freedom of 2016, that we take a look at how you and I are called to be footnotes. And footnotes to the truth that is none other than Jesus Christ, Himself,” Bishop Zubik exhorted the congregation at the July 4 closing Mass for the Fortnight for Freedom.
Using his undergraduate term papers as an example, the bishop explained that footnotes “help to embellish the truth of whatever is being conveyed. Footnotes strengthen the message that is being put forth.” Similarly, by their living witness, Catholics should point to Christ, he said.
Bishop Zubik preached the homily at the closing Mass for the Fortnight for Freedom, held Independence Day at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C. was the main celebrant, with six bishops and 28 priests concelebrating. Some 1500 people were in attendance.