Fortnight for Religious Freedom Starts Tomorrow!

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The bishops of the United States are calling all Catholics to participate in the “Fortnight of Prayer for Religious Freedom.” From their website:

“The fourteen days from June 21—the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More—to July 4, Independence Day, are dedicated to this “fortnight for freedom”—a great hymn of prayer for our country.”

Let us offer prayers and sacrifices and fight for our freedom of religion. If we don’t we will lose this right and it won’t be pretty!

For a long time I was confused and upset that our country has come to a point where we are in a very real and serious danger of losing our religious (and possibly other) freedom. How can we, in America, lose the very freedom our forefathers fought so hard to win for us? How can the blood of the solders be shed in vain? How can we dishonor the men and women of our military who are fighting and working hard today to keep us safe and free?

Well, I realized and have come to accept that there are, and always be, those people who fear the people. There are those who hate democracy and freedom and God, himself. There always will be haters of freedom and democracy and capitalism. That is why we, as individual Americans (and Catholics), have to work for freedom – through our prayers and sacrifices and through activism – in whatever what God is calling us.

And by the way, this fight for religious freedom isn’t just for Catholics. All Christians will be affected by the HHS mandate and other restrictions of religious freedoms if allowed to pass. If you are reading this, and you aren’t Catholic, I urge you to join us in prayer during this 14 days!

Resources:

Reflections for the Fortnight of Freedom (PDF with a reflection and prayer for each of the 14 days)

USCCB website for more information

Video reflections