There is hardly a more controversial political battle in America today than that around the role of government. The ideological sides have lined up, and the arguments rage about the size of government: how big, how small should it be? Some famously have said government should be shrunk so small that it "could be drowned in a bathtub." I want to suggest that what size the government should be is the wrong question. A more useful discussion would be about the purposes of government and whether ours is fulfilling them.
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I have done what is mine;
may Christ teach you what is yours.
Francis raised his hands to heaven and glorified Christ.
Free from all things, he went to God free.
Welcome, my sister death.
She will be the gate of life.
Francis poor and lowly ,enters heaven rich,
while saints and angels sing their songs of praise.
With arms outstretched, let us pray to the Lord.
who made your Church rich
through the poverty of the blessed Francis:
help us, who remember his death,
not to trust in earthly things
but to seek your heavenly gifts;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen
- Society of St Francis Daily Office (A Celebration of the Transitus of our Brother Francis)
O MOST glorious and gracious Lord God, who dwellest in heaven, but beholdest all things below; Look down, we beseech thee, and hear us, calling out of the depth of misery, and out of the jaws of this death, which is now ready to swallow us up: Save, Lord, or else we perish. The living, the living shall praise thee. O send thy word of command to rebuke the raging winds and the roaring sea; that we, being delivered from this distress, may live to serve thee, and to glorify thy Name all the days of our life. Hear, Lord, and save us, for
the infinite merits of our blessed Saviour, thy Son, our Lord Jesus
Christ. Amen. - 1789 Book of Common Prayer
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