Friday, June 28, 2013

Fortnight for Religious Freedom June 21- July 4, 2013


fort•night (ˈfɔrtˌnaɪt, -nɪt)   n.  a period of fourteen nights and days; two weeks.

The Bishops in the United States have asked Catholics to join them in fourteen days of prayer starting on June 21 (the eve of the Feast of Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher and leading up to Independence Day on July 4. Here are seven ways you can participate in this Fortnight for Freedom.

#7 Watch and Share the CatholicVote video on the Fortnight for Freedom

#6 Fast for Religious Liberty
Make a sacrifice. Give up something. Fast.
St. Thomas More gave up his life. We can willfully give up one of our comforts in hope that God will use this sacrifice to protect our liberties.

#5 Read Archbishop Chaput’s  warning for Catholics: “We need to wake up”
“There’s a special lesson in our current situation. Anyone who thinks that our country’s neuralgic sexuality issues can somehow be worked out respectfully in the public square in the years ahead, without a parallel and vigorous defense of religious freedom, had better think again.” 

#4 Understand the connection between religious liberty and defending natural marriage
CNA / Addie Mena
CNA / Addie Mena
“If same-sex marriage continues to gain ground in our law and culture, we’ll see an increased erosion of religious believers’ freedom to witness to their faith. And if that happens, we all lose out. A robust pluralism of diverse views will give way to an increasingly homogenized public life.” -Kim Daniels 

#3 Ask you pastor to preach on religious liberty.
(Show him the resources available at
#2 Donate to an organization fighting for religious liberty in our courts

#1 Pray for Religious Liberty
And our shepherds have given us great prayers to chose from. Among them:
The Litany of Liberty (PDF) (the title alone should have your attention and interest
Prayer to St. Thomas More (PDF) – he allowed himself to be put to death by the king rather than renounce the Catholic faith
Prayer to Our Lady of Gaudalupe (PDF) – Patroness of the Americas and the Unborn
Prayer to Mary Immaculate (PDF) – Patroness of the United States

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