FORTNIGHT FOR FREEDOM, DAY TWO, 6/26

OPENING PRAYER:  COME, HOLY SPIRIT, FILL THE HEARTS OF YOUR FAITHFUL AND ENKINDLE IN US THE FIRE OF YOUR LOVE.

TODAY’S REFLECTION:  Of particular concern are certain attempts being made to limit that most cherished of American freedoms, the freedom of religion.  Many of you have pointed out that concerted efforts have been made to deny the right of conscientious objection on the part of Catholic individuals and institutions with regard to cooperation in intrinsically evil practices.  Others have spoken to me of a worrying tendency to reduce religious freedom to mere freedom of worship without guarantees of respect for freedom of conscience. (Pope Benedict XVI in an address to American bishops, Jan 19,2012)

PLEASE PRAY THE DAILY PRAYER FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY BELOW:

ALMIGHTY GOD, Father of all nations,

FOR FREEDOM YOU have set us free in Christ Jesus.

WE PRAISE AND BLESS YOU for the gift of religious liberty, the foundation of human rights, justice and the common good.

GRANT TO OUR LEADERS the wisdom to protect and promote our liberties.

BY YOUR GRACE may we have the courage to defend them for ourselves and for all those who live in this blessed land.

WE ASK THIS through the intercession of Mary Immaculate, our patroness,

AND IN THE NAME of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

WITH WHOM YOU LIVE and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

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