Specifically for friends in the US


 

1 Kings 2:1, 6-14
Psalm 31:20, 21, 24
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18

A reflection on today’s Sacred Scripture by Mary Nadeau

You might say that the hypocrites in today’s Gospel were “the establishment” or “the politically correct” of their time.

Jesus, on the other hand, could be called “politically incorrect” for His time, opposing what the hypocrites taught and required that was wrong.

Today, as His followers, we are called to be “politically incorrect” too. How?

Specifically, we are called to stand up for our right to freely practice our religion, a right that is guaranteed in the United States by the First Amendment to the Constitution. However, this right is now currently in jeopardy. How?

The U.S. Government’s new Health and Human Services mandate will literally force all employers, including Catholic employers and others who object in good conscience and as a matter of moral principle, to pay for insurance coverage for their employees that includes contraception, sterilization and abortifacient drugs.

To fight this morally abhorrent mandate and to uphold our right to freely practice our religious beliefs, the U.S. Bishops have called for a special “Fortnight for Freedom.” It is two weeks of special prayer to oppose this infringement on our religious liberty.

The Fortnight begins tomorrow, Thursday June 21, on the Feast of St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher. People in dioceses and parishes all over the country will be praying special prayers, fasting, doing penance, holding special events and raising awareness of the danger posed by the HHS Mandate to the free practice of religion.

For complete information and background about what is at stake and what you can do to protect your right to freely practice your religion, please visit this webpage on the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ website, and also this webpage on the Bishops’ site.

“The Fortnight for Freedom” is the fourteen days from June 21, (the vigil of the feasts of the martyrs St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More) to July 4, the 236th anniversary of the United States of America’s Independence Day. These two weeks are dedicated to this Fortnight for Freedom, an immense prayer of supplication 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, St. Thomas More, St. John the Baptist, Saints Peter and Paul, and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome.  Culminating on Independence Day, this special period of prayer, mortification, study and public action will emphasize both our Christian and American heritages of liberty.

We ask you, our subscribers and readers worldwide,
to remember this fervent plea in your prayers.
Please spread the word about this to every good person whom you know!

May Almighty God deliver us from evil,
and have mercy on us all!
Amen.

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