I saw this quote on the Catholic Peace Fellowship’s email newsletter and I thought it was quite profound (and echos much of what my favorite author, Wendell Berry has said on the subject):

“Patriotism is a love for everything to do with our native land: its history, its traditions, its language, its natural features….The cultural and historical identity of any society is preserved and nourished by all that is contained within this concept of a nation.”

“Whereas nationalism involves recognizing and pursuing the good of one’s own nation alone, without regard for the rights of others, patriotism, on the other hand, is a love for one’s native land that accords rights to all other nations equal to those claimed for one’s own. Patriotism, in other words, leads to a properly ordered social love.”

-Pope John Paul II, Memory and Identity: Conversations at the Dawn of a Millennium, 2005