OPENING PRAYER: COME, HOLY SPIRIT, FILL THE HEARTS OF YOUR FAITHFUL AND ENKINDLE IN US THE FIRE OF YOUR LOVE.
TODAY’S REFLECTION: George Washington wrote that “the establishment of civil and religious liberty was the motive that induced me to the field of battle.” Thomas Jefferson assured the Ursuline Sisters–who had been serving a mostly non-Catholic population by running a hospital, an orphanage, and schools in Louisiana since 1727-that the principles of the Constitution were a “sure guarantee” that their ministry would be free “to govern itself according to its own voluntary rules, without interference from the civil authority.” (From “Our First, Most Cherished Liberty, U.S. conference of Catholic Bishops, 2012)
(Note: interesting to me is the fact that when I went to Catholic Grade School in Maine, it was the Ursuline Sisters from Canada who ran and taught our school and that was in 1945+)
DAILY PRAYER FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY:
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,(Mary is the patroness of the United States)
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
(GEORGE WASHINGTON went to war to establish civil and religious liberty in this Country, we are at war again, are you willing to fight as he was????????????)