July 4, 1825 ~ Philippine writes to St. Madeleine Sophie, "Today we are celebrating the feast of independence in this country, rejoicing among all classes and religions, for the Catholics do not forget that this day gave them freedom of worship. As for me, I shall anticipate July 22 and celebrate in my heart now and always the treasured and inspiring dependence which binds me to you. Yes, I shall bless God for it to my dying day, and we shall be united in spirit to you on your feast day."
Taken from: Through the Year with Philippine Duchesne
Wishing all a very safe and happy 4th of July!