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There's an old saying that the price of freedom is vigilance. In any period of world history marked by dictatorships who have robbed their citizens of the free exercise of religion, these powers never stripped their people of this freedom over night. It has always been marked by the gradual erosion of religious liberty. Currently in the United States of America all people of faith, Catholics and non-Catholics alike, face the serious threat of the erosion of religious liberty. This can already be seen through:
  • The HHS Mandate for contraception, sterilization, and abortion inducing drugs.
  • State immigration laws.
  • Altering Church structure and governance.
  • Christian students on campus.
  • Catholic foster care and adoption services.
  • Discrimination against small church congregations.
  • Discrimination against Catholic humanitarian services.
Since the price of freedom is vigilance, our Bishops have wisely and prudently asked us to observe the second "Fortnight for Freedom" from today, June 21-July 4, in which Catholics are called to intensify prayer and penance for the particular intention of the preservation of Religious Liberty in the United States of America.

We stand strongest when we stand together. As Catholics, we're not asking for special treatment or to be 'above the law'. We ask nothing more than our God-given right to religious liberty. We ask nothing less than that the Constitution and laws of the United States be respected. Officially, the word Catholic means Universal; unofficially, it means we're in this together. Let's please pray and fast during this Fortnight for ourselves and our freedoms, but also for our children and grandchildren who have a right, a God-given right, to grow strong and tall in a land which promotes freedom, in all its forms, especially our most cherished freedom: Religous Liberty!

For more information you can visit the Fortnight for Freedom Facebook page at

or the Bishops' website at

With prayers for this great nation!

Jun 21st 2013 new
Well said, Wendy. The dictatorship of liberalism and moral relativism has produced the most deleterious effects on our country, its laws and people--especially over the last forty years.
May we stand together as faithful Catholics!
Praying rosary
Jun 21st 2013 new
Thanks Wendy-----For all Those that have given their lives for the sake of Religious Freedom--Lord have Mercytheheart Mother Mary have Mercytheheart May we honor them and give thanks -May we not to let it crumble - become like dust and trampled on--Lord have Mercytheheart Mother Mary have Mercy theheart May our Religious Freedom stand tall as our American Flag flies high above for each person theheart rosary
Jun 22nd 2013 new
Praying Praying
Jun 22nd 2013 new
Bravo Wendy!!!
Jun 22nd 2013 new
Everyone, please keep yourselves informed. Prayer is vital, but if you aren't informed, how will you know to pray, or what to pray for?

Pray for:

The HHS mandate, aka Obamacare (mandatory coverage of contraception, to begin with).

Our own IRS targeting non-profit groups (conservatives, whose views didn't coincide with our current admin's views),

Our POTUS who recently made a speech for "an alarming call to end Catholic education because .... it encourages division and discourages cooperation."

Keep yourselves informed. CM can give you a wealth of information, most of which WON'T be covered via our regular media. Take a look:

Inform yourselves....then inform others. So many of our own do not know or understand so much of what is happening here in our country. It is up to us to not only pray, but to spread the word. Normally, silence is golden, but not in this case.
Jun 26th 2013 new
Continue to pray with our Catholic Church during this Fortnight for Freedom, a prayer period devoted to preserving our religious liberties rosary

And please pray for those who are leading the fight to help preserve our religious liberties:

(lawsuits filed against the Administrations unconstitutional HHS mandate which forces many religious organizations to violate their deeply held religious beliefs, or pay crippling fines)
Jun 26th 2013 new
Well said Wendy. Thank you! Praying
Jun 27th 2013 new
A prayer recited by my congregation at a Fortnight for Freedom vigil last night:

Prayer for Religious Liberty

O God our Creator, from your provident hand we have received our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. You have called us as your people and given us the right and the duty to worship you, the only true God, and your Son, Jesus Christ. 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."

Through Christ our Lord.
Jul 3rd 2013 new
angel May God Bless America.... Praying
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