FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND, JULY 4-7,GOD BLESS OUR SERVICE MEN/WOMEN

LORD JESUS CHRIST, your cross stands upon Mount Calvary as our guard and our shade, our shield and protection. guard and keep us through this night until morning breaks, for you live and reign with the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
BLESSING: MAY THE LORD GRANT A PEACEFUL NIGHT AND A PERFECT END TO US AND TO ALL OUR ABSENT BROTHERS AND SISTERS. AMEN (Magnificat)

I want to thank all of our Service men and women, active, reserve and retired, National Guard, and Coast Guard, and all who protect and serve our Country so that we can be free to celebrate this July 4th Holiday every year. Mar God bless you all and keep you safe.

FORTNIGHT FOR FREEDOM-TO SERVE, NOVENA, DAY 7, 7-1/ DAY 8, 7/2 AND DAY 9, 7/3

HI ALL,  these are the last 3 days of the Novena, I am posting now since my internet will be down until after the 4th.

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

TODAY’S REFLECTION:  The human person has a right to religious freedom.  This freedom means that all men are to be immune from coercion on the part of individuals or of social groups and of any human power, in such wise that in matters religious no one is to be forced to act in a manner contrary to his own beliefs…This right of the human person to religious freedom is to be recognized in the constitutional law whereby society is governed.  Thus it is to become a civil right.  (From the Second Vatican Council’s Declaration on Religious Liberty, 1965) Please say the Daily Prayer:

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DAILY PRAYER FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY:

ALMIGHT 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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DAY 8, JULY 2:   OPENING PRAYER:  Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in us the fire of your love.

TODAY’S REFLECTION:  We are sadly aware that religious liberty in many other parts of the world is in much greater peril.  Our obligation at home is to defend religious liberty robustly, but we cannot overlook the much graver plight that religious believers, most  of them  Christian, face around the world…If religious liberty is eroded here at home, American defense of religious liberty abroad is less credible…  Therefore it is our task to strengthen religious liberty at home…so that we might defend it more vigorously abroad. (From “Our First, Most Cherished Liberty”, US Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2012″

PLEASE GO ABOVE TO THE DAILY PRAYER FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY:

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DAY 9, JULY 3:  OPENING PRAYER;  Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in us the fire of your love.

TODAY’S REFLECTION:  WHAT we ask is nothing more than that our God-given right to religious liberty be respected.  We ask nothing less than that the Constitution and laws of the United States, which recognize that right, be respected.  In insisting that our liberties as Americans be respected, we know as bishops that what our Holy Father said is true.  This work belongs to “an engaged, articulate, and well-formed Catholic laity endowed with a strong critical sense vis-a-vis the dominant culture.” (From “Our First, Most Cherished Liberty US Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2012.)

PLEASE GO TO DAILY PRAYER FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY ABOVE:

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CLOSING PRAYER OF THE NINE DAY NOVENA FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM-TO SERVE

O GOD, who gave one origin to all peoples and willed to gather from them one family for yourself, fill all hearts, we pray, with the fire of your love and kindle in them a desire for the just advancement of their neighbor, that, through the good things which you richly bestow upon all, each human person may be brought to perfection, every division may be removed, and equity and justice may be established in human society. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. AMEN.

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