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!


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



  1. This is such a frightening and almost unbelievable thing! Joining you in prayer.

    • SimpleCatholic says

      I couldn’t agree with you more, Colleen. Thanks for joining in prayer! And please consider spreading the word to everyone you know!

  2. Amen, Carol. And, in my opinion, through excessive government regulation, we have already had our freedoms infringed upon. I’d like a requirement for election to any public office to be passing an in-depth test on the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. No pass, no qualify for the ballot.
    Barb…recently posted…Sunday Snippets – A Catholic CarnivalMy Profile

    • SimpleCatholic says

      I agree with you – excessive government regulation has definitely infringed on our freedoms. I think about NYC where they want to prevent certain size sodas from being sold or something like that. The govt wants to control all aspect of our life.

      I like your ballot idea; although, I have to shamefully admit that I don’t know enough about the constitution and Declaration of Independence. I would probably fail such a test…

  3. Great post. I like how you wrote about your own personal feelings about it. I think a of people misunderstand this and do not realize how scary it is.
    Colleen…recently posted…Surprised by GodMy Profile

    • SimpleCatholic says

      Thanks Colleen. You are right, there is a huge misunderstanding about the HHS mandate and the current administration’s effort to take our religious freedoms away. It is so scary.

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