Fortnight of Freedom

  • Posted June 26, 2012

Fortnight of Freedom | Fortnight for FreedomThe Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, affectionately known as Obamacare, was signed into law in March of 2010. As Nancy Pelosi said at the time, we needed to pass it to find out what was in it. Well, it has led to provisions which violate the conscience of many. Most notable among the ‘violated’ are the numerous Catholic organizations who administer to the less fortunate. Read more about the assault on liberty of religion.

We wanted to update on what you can do to fight this massive overreach by the federal government. Again, this is not a Catholic vs Protestant vs Atheist vs Buddhist issue, because it could be any one of these groups on the side of persecution.

SECULAR OR NON-CATHOLIC ACTION

If you do not subscribe to Catholic teachings, you can still help. Even if you only mention it to your neighbors, raising awareness about how the government is trying to dictate how people practice their beliefs. The federal government should not be allowed to force a group of people to provide (pay) for something that is against their faith.

So just like the recent movie ‘For Greater Glory,’ a non-Catholic led the Catholics in Mexico against persecution by their government not because he believed in Catholicism at the time, but because he believed in liberty.

CATHOLIC ACTION

If you are of the Catholic faith, the Fortnight of Freedom devotion recently began last week in Baltimore, MD. This is in addition to the lawsuit involving 43 Catholic organizations levied against the federal government.

Fortnight of freedom is a two-week ‘period of prayer, study, catechesis, and public action’ where Christian and American heritage of liberty will be emphasized.

Martyrs of Church  |  Fortnight of Freedom | www.Procinctu.info
The Martyrs

This period of time is not only relevant because of the United States’ Day of Independence, but also because it is a time when the Church’s liturgical calendar celebrates some of its’ key martyrs. Those who have come before us have had a much more demanding task and yet stood up to persecution and paid the ultimate price. Extraordinary people like St. John the Baptist, SS. Peter and Paul, the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome, St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More are all celebrated and reflected upon during these two weeks.

Check your local parishes for events during this Fortnight of Freedom. It is a nation-wide campaign to witness our liberty of religion. The closing Mass will be at the Basilica of the National Shrine in Washington, D.C. on July 4.

Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty

O God our Creator,

Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit,
you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world,
bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel
to every corner of society.
We ask you to bless us
in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty.
Give us the strength of mind and heart
to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened;
give us courage in making our voices heard
on behalf of the rights of your Church
and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.
Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father,
a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters
gathered in your Church
in this decisive hour in the history of our nation,
so that, with every trial withstood
and every danger overcome—
for the sake of our children, our grandchildren,
and all who come after us—
this great land will always be “one nation, under God,
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

GALVANIZATION

It should be noted that this assault on liberty of religion is sort of a blessing in disguise. Before, many bishops, priests, and parishioners would capitulate to the state and not be concerned as much about their own teachings. They are now wide-eyed and much more aware of the threat.

Those that were always steadfast in their faith are now galvanized and emboldened at the prospect of losing of their liberties. We remember that ‘turn the other cheek’ doesn’t mean to ‘become a doormat.’

The Church, which was splintered with Vatican II, sex scandals, and lack of faith is now galvanizing to face this external threat. Hopefully, it will lead many to reexamine their consciences and result in them having a renewed declaration of their faith.

 

All considered, whatever belief you subscribe, this is an attack on liberty of religion. Though it may not be your specific liberty today, make no mistake about it, you will eventually be next. Let us fight for OUR liberty.

(It’s properly ‘Fortnight FOR Freedom,’ but OF was used for search engine competitiveness reasons)

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