FORTNIGHT FOR FREEDOM, NOVENA, DAY 5, 6/29 and DAY 6, June 30.

Sorry I am including two days but something happened to the one I blogged last night.

DAY 5:

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

TODAY’S REFLECTION:  The civil rights movement was an essentially religious movement, a call to awaken consciences…In his famous LETTER FROM BERMINGHAM JAIL IN 1963, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. boldly said, ” The goal of America is freedom…I would agree with St. Augustine that ‘an unjust law is no law at all’…How does one determine when a law is just or unjust?  A just law is a manmade code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law.”

(From Our First, Most Cherished Liberty US Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2012)

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DAILY PRAYER FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY – TO SERVE

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.

GREANT 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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DAY 6 -NOVENA

OPENING PRAYER:  Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in us the fire of your love.

TODAY’S REFLECTION;  It is a sobering thing to contemplate our government enacting an unjust law. An unjust law cannot be obeyed. In the face of an unjust law, an accommodation is not to be sought, especially by resorting to equivocal words and deceptive practices,  If we face today the prospect of unjust laws, then Catholics in America, in solidarity with our fellow citizens, must have the courage not to obey them.  No American desires this.  No Catholic welcomes it, but if it should fall upon us, we must discharge it as a duty of citizenship and an obligation of faith.  (From, our First, Most Cherished Liberty, US Conference of Catholic Bishops. 2012)

PLEASE GO TO DAILY PRAYER ABOVE FOR DAY 6

 

 

 

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