Learn, pray and act that religious freedom may be preserved for generations to come:
Freedom of conscience is a gift from God to all his children. As Catholics and Americans we are blessed to have a Constitution and Bill of Rights insuring that each citizen may practice any religion or no religion as he chooses.
We are seeing cultural and legal attacks on religious freedom in schools, businesses, the military and religious institutions. The U S Conference of Catholic Bishops has advised:
“We need to speak frankly with each other when our freedoms are threatened. Now is such a time…we address an urgent summons to our fellow Catholics and fellow Americans to be on guard, for religious liberty is under attack, both at home and abroad.”
The 14 days of this Fortnight For Freedom are a time when we must pray to be good stewards of the gift of religious freedom.
We pray to Mary Immaculate, Patroness of the United States. Blessed Mother Mary, we place our country in your care, in the sure hands that protected the Child Jesus. Teach us to imitate Jesus, as you did, and always to follow Him with your courage so that religious liberty, His gift to all mankind, may be preserved throughout this land. Amen.
This is a matter of faith and freedom.