Let Freedom Ring

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Prayer for the Protection of 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.”

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

(taken from usccb.org)

A little praying never hurt anyone…

Hat tip to my cousin for reminding me of this. Starts tomorrow!

Novena to the Mother of God for our Nation.

Catholics have always turned instinctively for help to the Mother of God in times of need. And so, in 2012 we turn to Our Lady for help. Many of the values that shaped our Country from the beginning seem to be at risk. Pope Benedict XVI and the American Bishops have noted the erosion of religious freedom in the United States, the first value guaranteed by the Constitution.

This Novena to the Mother of God for the Nation will remind us of some of the central truths of the faith, in particular, the Incarnation, passion, death, resurrection of the Lord and Mary’s unique role in our salvation. It will be, in a way, a catechism lesson that challenges us to a deeper conversion to Christ and a more generous life of charity.

The proximity of the Novena to the 2012 Presidential Election will also offer an opportunity to pray for all of our government officials and seek Divine Assistance in the elections.

I’m offended!

ACLU, you offend me.

So you decided to defend Sec. Sebelius in a lawsuit pending regarding the HHS mandate (already offensive to my religious liberty) but now you are saying you’re doing this because otherwise women are unable to contribute to society.

Excuse me?

From Catholicvote.org:

In their brief filed with the court, the ACLU argues that providing free birth control and abortion drugs are necessary to allow women to fully participate in society. They conveniently don’t mention that these drugs and medicines are already widely available at virtually every drugstore in America. But that’s not enough.

To fully participate in society…hmmm… So as a non-contraceptive woman, am I not a valuable participant in society? As a writer and an Etsy store owner am I not giving something of my talents back to this world? In raising my children and giving them and my husband a safe home to live in, am I not doing society a service?

Do I have to be on Ortho-evra to make a difference?

What an insult to womanhood. You deserve to be disgraced for treating us like that.

Independence Day

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Prayer for the Protection of 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.”
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Tomorrow

Tomorrow we celebrate this great and wonderful country in which we live.

I mean that; we do live in a great country.

Our country is an amazing diversity of landforms; natural beauty is around us no matter what corner of the land we happen to be visiting. The people in our country are an interesting diversity of ethnicity and cultural backgrounds, all contributing to the fabric of America’s tapestry. All play a part of what makes her great.

Some Americans are descendants of people who were brought here unjustly, whose freedom was taken from them and made to work and treated no better, sometimes worse than animals. Eventually the slaves were freed and no man now can enslave another in our land.

Many Americans are descendants of those who left the Old Countries to seek freedom–freedom to educate their children without fear of reprisal, freedom to seek work and a better life for their families. Usually, people flocked here because once this country was founded it became a safe haven for those who wanted to freely practice and hold to the beliefs and tenets of their religion.

And now, here in this country, the freedom of religion is being threatened. Are you tired of hearing about it? Do you think it doesn’t apply to you because you’re not Catholic? If one person in this country is wrongfully denied their lawful freedom, then we should be angry. We should stand up in their defense, because if it happens to them today then it happens to you tomorrow.

Whether or not you believe in the use of contraception is not as material as whether you believe that our government should overreach its own ability to impose fines on the Catholic Church and other religious institutions for not abiding by this unjust mandate. Hospitals will be affected by this. Schools and colleges will be affected by this. Charities will be affected by this–charities that already help millions around the world by responding to disasters with medical care, food, and true aid (and by that I mean without first demanding that the areas receiving aid also receive condoms and “family planning” programs–as if that helps after a famine, earthquake, war, hurricane, you name it).

We are told to just forget what we believe, what Catholics have held for centuries and yea, what even Protestants accepted as late in history as the 1930s. Forget and submit, or even just accept an unacceptable “compromise” wherein the government can decide which charity, school, institution of higher learning, hospital, and even church is “religious enough” to be granted exemption from fines and penalties. That is NOT freedom of religion. That is coercion.

And why must we do this? Why must we bend or lose our freedom? We are told so that health care may be more affordable since less undesirable or unwanted children will be born.

Say again?

Our freedom is violated so that less children cost this country money?!?! Are we animals? Are we commodities to be bought and sold like this? Is there no other way to save money on health care than to make sure less Americans are born and contributing to the country in the future?

What gave us the right to decide this?

Who gave us the power over life like this?

And what is to come if the mandate passes? Who is next to be sacrificed to supposed “economy”?

How does this keep America great?

That is why we will not bow, nor will we submit to this.

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