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Happy Independence Day!


With the Church we pray, 

God of justice, Father of truth, who guide creation in wisdom and goodness to fulfillment in Christ your Son, open our hearts to the truth of his Gospel, that your peace may rule in our hearts and your justice guide our lives.

And for the intention of religious liberty which we’ve been praying for the last 14 days, 

Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty

O God our Creator, through the power and working of your Holy Spirit, you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world, bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel to every corner of society. We ask you to bless us in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty. Give us the strength of mind and heart to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened; give us courage in making our voices heard on behalf of the rights of your Church and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith. Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father, a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters gathered in your Church in this decisive hour in the history of our nation, so that, with every trial withstood and every danger overcome — for the sake of our children, our grandchildren, and all who come after us — this great land will always be “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Virtual Vigil for Religious Liberty

We’re called upon to witness, that is, be protagonists, in work for Religious Liberty. You can be a part of a virtual vigil for religious liberty and please ask the saints and the Blessed Virgin Mother to intercede on our behalf.

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Lori speaks on legitimate separation of church and state, Church’s voice

The battle for religious freedom is only now heating up. The 16th archbishop of Baltimore, William E. Lori, is the spokesman for matters pertaining to religious freedom viz. the Catholic Church in the USA. However, one could claim with seriousness that he is not only speaking for the Catholics, but for people of faith. Gave a keynote address tonight in Washington that you ought to read. The full text is here: Lori on Religious Freedom May 24 2012.pdf

The Fortnight for freedom – a proposal of prayer for matters of freedom

Our Catholic bishops in American published “Our
First, Most Cherished Liberty
,” a12-page statement by the Ad Hoc Committee
on Religious Liberty that sets out to explain what religious freedom means to a
Catholic and it also calls for “a fortnight for freedom” from June 21,
the vigil of the feasts of Saint John Fisher and Saint Thomas More, to July 4,
US Independence Day. 

The matter of our freedom is not merely an activist mentality, but it is centrally located in our prayer life. AND that’s what we should do– pray. This is what the bishops propose:

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We suggest that the
fourteen days from June 21–the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St.
Thomas More–to July 4, Independence Day, be dedicated to this “fortnight for
freedom”–a great hymn of prayer for our country. Our liturgical calendar celebrates
a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by
political power–St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More, St. John the Baptist, SS.
Peter and Paul, and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome. Culminating on
Independence Day, this special period of prayer, study, catechesis, and public
action would emphasize both our Christian and American heritage of liberty.
Dioceses and parishes around the country could choose a date in that period for
special events that would constitute a great national campaign of teaching and
witness for religious liberty.

In addition to this summer’s observance, we also
urge that the Solemnity of Christ the King–a feast born out of resistance to
totalitarian incursions against religious liberty–be a day specifically
employed by bishops and priests to preach about religious liberty, both here
and abroad.

And we pray….

Almighty God, Father of all nations,
For freedom you have set us
free in Christ Jesus (Gal 5:1).
We praise and bless you for the gift of
religious liberty,
the foundation of human rights, justice, and the common
Grant to our leaders the wisdom to protect and promote our liberties; 
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.

What we hold most dear — the Communion and Liberation response to the HSS mandate

The US leadership of the Catholic lay ecclesial movement Communion and Liberation issued a flyer on the recent events concerning the HSS mandate to curb religious freedom. The flyer is written in light of recent US bishops’ statement on religious liberty. As you might expect, what’s at the center of the controversy is our witness that Christ is the way, the truth and the life.

What is at stake in this moment of our history is not
just the possibility for religious groups to continue to give their own
original contribution to American society, but also the possibility for any man
or woman to gain access to the truth of life. For this reason, we will not give
up the right to publicly witness to the world, through our lives and our work,
what we hold most dear. With the words of the Russian writer Vladimir Soloviev,
we repeat today what Christians have been repeating for 2,000 years.

“In the
grieved voice the Emperor addressed them: ‘Tell me yourselves, you strange
people…you Christians, deserted by the majority of your brothers and leaders:
what do you hold most dear in Christianity?’ At this Elder John rose up and
said in a quiet voice: ‘Great sovereign! What we hold the most dear in
Christianity is Christ Himself – He in His person. All the rest comes from Him,
for we know that in Him dwells bodily the whole fullness of Divinity.'”

The entire statement can be read here: What we hold most dear – a CL flyer 2012.pdf

About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement, and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]yahoo.com.
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