Thursday, June 21, 2012

Fortnight for Freedom

Today begins Fortnight for Freedom. Called for by the Bishops in the United States, the Fortnight for Freedom begins on the vigil of the feast of St. Thomas More, martyred for refusing to recognize King Henry VIII as head of the Church of England, which, up until that point, had been Catholic.

It ends on July 4, which, of course, is Independence Day in the United States.  We as Catholics are being increasingly called upon by our government, to go against our faith and it is past time that we stand up for our beliefs and demand the rights upon which our country was founded.

Many parishes and dioceses have organized events during this 2 week time period.  Even if yours does not, or if you can't make it to any of organized events, try to pray and fast during this time for our country's religious freedom, which is in increasing jeopardy.

The Rosary is an especially powerful prayer.  This is an excellent time to get into the habit of praying the rosary daily for religious freedom in the U.S. and throughout the world--especially in Egypt and the Middle East.

Our Lady of Victory, pray for us!  St. Thomas More, pray for us! 

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