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:
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
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:
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:
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.