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Novena for Religious Freedom for the United States of America (Prayer)
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Posted on 06/25/2012 4:31:35 PM PDT by Salvation

Novena for Religious Freedom

 

Dear Friend of Religious Freedom,

As a member of the Catholic Leadership Coalition, I send you this letter and ask you join us in the Novena Prayer for Religious Freedom during the Fortnight of Freedom planned by our bishops and promoted by our Steering Committee. Please pray with us!

As you know, there is no such thing as praying too much.  Scripture tells us to "pray constantly", (1st Thessalonians 5:17), therefore, on behalf of the Steering Committee for the Catholic Leadership Coalition,  I am asking that you join us in praying a Novena for our religious freedom  beginning June 21 and ending on July 4th, Independence Day. These dates were chosen because the Catholic bishops are organizing an event called A Fortnight of Freedom, from June 21 to July 4. The beginning date appropriately marks the feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More, both of whom were executed by King Henry VIII for not acknowledging him as the spiritual head of the Church of England when England broke from the Catholic Church. 

The Novena prayers are highlighted further down on this page.  Please take a minute to read the following article that so aptly describes the situation we find ourselves in at this time history and why it is so important for us to come together as brothers and sisters in Christ to storm heaven for God's help in fighting for our religious freedom.


(Excerpt) Read more at jkmi.com ...


TOPICS: Catholic; Prayer
KEYWORDS: catholic; prayer
You can start this today -- 25th through July 3rd or tomorrow -- 26th through July 4th.
1 posted on 06/25/2012 4:31:47 PM PDT by Salvation
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2 posted on 06/25/2012 4:38:05 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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3 posted on 06/25/2012 4:38:47 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To be said after each of the nine days reflections:

 

 

We praise and bless you for the gift of religious liberty,
the foundation of human rights, justice, and the common good.
Grant to our leaders the wisdom to protect and promote our liberties;
By 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.

 


4 posted on 06/25/2012 4:41:48 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Day 1   

To Overcome Contradiction in Laws Concerning Life.  Dear Jesus, inspire the hearts of legislators to bring fairness into every law. In so doing, inspire lawmakers to remove contradiction from laws concerning life in the womb, so that no one is forced to support contraception or abortion against his free will. Do not allow religious freedom to be trampled under the feet of those who favor death in the womb. Amen.


Dear Jesus, allow the Truth of Holy Love to flood the heart of this nation. Place Truth in the center of every heart. Return this nation to its rightful place under the Dominion of God. Amen.


5 posted on 06/25/2012 4:43:13 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
Typing this from a hard copy since I could not find it on the web.

Day One
Opening Prayer:
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in us the fire of your love.
Today's Reflection:
From well before Cardinal Gibbons [in the late 1800s], Catholics in America have been advocates for religious liberty, and the landmark teaching of the Second Vatican Council on religious liberty was influentced by the American experience...  We have been staunch defenders of religious liberty in the past.  We have a solem duty to discharge that duty today...  [We] address an urgent summons to our fellow Catholics and fellow Americans to be on guard, for religious liberty is under attack both at home and aborad.
--From Our First, Most Cherished Liberty.  U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2012

6 posted on 06/25/2012 4:51:36 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: nickcarraway; NYer; ELS; Pyro7480; livius; ArrogantBustard; Catholicguy; RobbyS; marshmallow; ...

Catholic Prayer Ping for Religious Liberty!


7 posted on 06/25/2012 4:57:12 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

I’ll start today, and end on my birthday!


8 posted on 06/25/2012 6:54:40 PM PDT by SuziQ
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Happy birthday nine days early.

My grandson/granddaughter is supposed to be born on the 4rd.


9 posted on 06/25/2012 7:04:09 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Oops that should have been the 3rd.


10 posted on 06/25/2012 7:40:09 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Novena for Religious Freedom for the United States of America (Prayer)

FREEDOM! US Catholic Church Rolls Out Major Offensive Against Obama’s Attacks on Religious Liberty
Opening Mass for the Fortnight for Freedom, Thursday 7PM ET
Fortnight for Freedom! (6/21-7/4)
Fortnight for Freedom
Group funded by George Soros poised to attack US Bishops for the “Fortnight for Freedom”
Archbishop [Lori]: 'Fortnight' about religious freedom, not politics
Religious Freedom and the Love of God
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Fortnight for Freedom
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11 posted on 06/25/2012 7:41:31 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

I have a grandson born on the 5th and another one born on the 6th (different family).


12 posted on 06/25/2012 8:24:26 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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Well, I guess we have a bunch of little firecrackers.

My son and daughter in law have chosen
Angela Joy
Or
Isaac David


13 posted on 06/25/2012 8:33:36 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

How about a Novena for Constitutional government? Why narrow it to just religious freedom?


14 posted on 06/25/2012 8:35:01 PM PDT by wintertime
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To: wintertime

Since this was started by Catholics I believe they are looking at the big picutre of big employers such as hospitals, diocese, etc. who would have to pay for abortions and other things against their conscience and against their Catholic beliefs.

Actually I think we could say Christian beliefs, I have yet to see a real Christian who believes in paying for abortions.

Think of the hopsitals, charities, etc. closing or ceasing to cover healthcare due to this mandate and in addition being fined huge amounts.

Lord, have mercy on us!


15 posted on 06/25/2012 8:40:08 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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How about a Novena for Constitutional government?

You're more than welcome to write one.

16 posted on 06/25/2012 8:40:40 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Salvation

Congratulations. I have Alexander James and Gabriel John.


17 posted on 06/25/2012 8:58:50 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Salvation
We praise and bless you for the gift of religious liberty, the foundation of human rights, justice, and the common good.

Well, that depends on what the term "religious liberty" means. The US Catholic bishops' opposition to the HHS mandate could get out of hand in spreading a condemned heresy amongst Catholics. The Catholic Church does not believe in the liberal value of "religious liberty" in the American Constitutional law sense of the term. The Church has taught (apparently infallibly) that religious freedom is only a right for the true religion. (The word "right" in Latin also implies something owed to a person out of justice.) The Church has taught that error does not have "rights", and it would be blasphemous to say that God has given sin or a false religion the "right" to exist. Traditionally the Church has taught that it is morally permissible to tolerate other false religions for the sake of the greater good and for preserving the peace, but this does not mean that people have a divinely constituted "right" to propagate error.

However, the Church has also taught that all individuals have a right not to be coerced into the Catholic Church, but this does not give them a right to publicly proclaim false religions. This teaching of the Church can be seen in the Encyclical Quanta Cura whose authority appears to be infallible under the Universal and Ordinary Magisterium since the pope binds all Catholics by his Apostolic Authority to hold the condemned propositions as condemned. An excerpt of the encyclical reads:

For you well know, venerable brethren, that at this time men are found not a few who, applying to civil society the impious and absurd principle of "naturalism," as they call it, dare to teach that "the best constitution of public society and (also) civil progress altogether require that human society be conducted and governed without regard being had to religion any more than if it did not exist; or, at least, without any distinction being made between the true religion and false ones." And, against the doctrine of Scripture, of the Church, and of the Holy Fathers, they do not hesitate to assert that "that is the best condition of civil society, in which no duty is recognized, as attached to the civil power, of restraining by enacted penalties, offenders against the Catholic religion, except so far as public peace may require." From which totally false idea of social government they do not fear to foster that erroneous opinion, most fatal in its effects on the Catholic Church and the salvation of souls, called by Our Predecessor, Gregory XVI, an "insanity," viz., that "liberty of conscience and worship is each man's personal right, which ought to be legally proclaimed and asserted in every rightly constituted society; and that a right resides in the citizens to an absolute liberty, which should be restrained by no authority whether ecclesiastical or civil, whereby they may be able openly and publicly to manifest and declare any of their ideas whatever, either by word of mouth, by the press, or in any other way." But, while they rashly affirm this, they do not think and consider that they are preaching "liberty of perdition;" and that "if human arguments are always allowed free room for discussion, there will never be wanting men who will dare to resist truth, and to trust in the flowing speech of human wisdom; whereas we know, from the very teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ, how carefully Christian faith and wisdom should avoid this most injurious babbling.".....

Amidst, therefore, such great perversity of depraved opinions, we, well remembering our Apostolic Office, and very greatly solicitous for our most holy Religion, for sound doctrine and the salvation of souls which is intrusted to us by God, and (solicitous also) for the welfare of human society itself, have thought it right again to raise up our Apostolic voice. Therefore, by our Apostolic authority, we reprobate, proscribe, and condemn all the singular and evil opinions and doctrines severally mentioned in this letter, and will and command that they be thoroughly held by all children of the Catholic Church as reprobated, proscribed and condemned.

Excerpt of the Encyclical Quanta Cura

Bl. Pope Pius IX

18 posted on 06/26/2012 2:08:02 AM PDT by old republic
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What's needed for this nation, for ALL Christians, is massive spiritual revival. That Obama was voted into office ( a man who voted THREE times to deny medical care to infants surviving abortion) reflects failure in the part of the Christian ministry to lead its flock, and failure over several generations to properly educate their children.

My post was mostly a reflection of my frustration with some of those in positions of power in the Catholic Church. ( I am **equally** frustrated with many Protestant leaders as well.) There are the liberal/Marxist bishops, Notre Dame who invites Obama on campus for a commencement speech, Georgetown that covers its cross for Obama, and the liberal orders of nuns and priests.

Well,....Having a Novena, now, after supporting Marxism for all these years is like some cult that prays that they can play with snakes and not get bitten. If many in the leadership of the Catholic and many Protestant churches play with snakes they shouldn't be surprised that they get bitten. And....They should not be surprised if God is slow to hear our prayers.

My daughter taught in a Catholic K-8 school in Texas during 2008/2009. ALL of the teachers and principal at this school voted for Obama. My daughter was the only exception. When Obama was inaugurated, my daughter's class was the **only** class that did not to watch it on TV.

Not only are the children in this Catholic school being miseducated but it is evident that the teachers, principal, and higher leadership of this Catholic school are not being properly ministered. Honestly, if there were righteous leadership the bishop would ordered it immediately closed.

And....outrages are an equal opportunity offender. Our godless government schools are **filled** to the brim with innocent and tender Christian children ( Catholic and Protestant). The chances of them being active in the faith of their fathers 2 years after graduating is less than 15%.

By the way, these are the percentages of weekly mass going Catholics who voted for Obama. Its enough to make a person cry.

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/churchgoing_catholics_chose_mccain_over_obama/

“Washington D.C., Nov 7, 2008 / 03:14 am (CNA).- Exit polls are reporting that more weekly churchgoing Catholics voted for John McCain than for President-elect Barack Obama, slightly favoring McCain by 50 percent to 49 percent.”

“Those who attend Mass on a weekly basis comprised 46 percent of the overall Catholic vote, while 54 percent of Catholics surveyed said they attend less than weekly. Among infrequent Mass goers, Obama was favored 58 to 40 percent.”

19 posted on 06/26/2012 4:37:24 AM PDT by wintertime
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To: wintertime

Please remember this is a prayer thread.


20 posted on 06/26/2012 3:27:58 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Day 2

For Freedom of Conscience for Religious Groups. Dear Jesus, we ask Your protection over all religious organizations. In this country based upon freedom, do not allow anyone to feel threatened in voicing their opinions or practicing their faith. Help us to guard against reverse discrimination in which non-Christians are granted every right, but Christians are subdued. Amen.

Dear Jesus, allow the Truth of Holy Love to flood the heart of this nation. Place Truth in the center of every heart. Return this nation to its rightful place under the Dominion of God. Amen


21 posted on 06/26/2012 3:33:50 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Typing this from a hard copy since I could not find it on the web.

Day Two
Opening Prayer:
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in us the fire of your love.
Today's Reflection:
Of particular concern are certain attempts being made to limit that most cherished of American freedoms, the freedom of religion.  Many of you have pointed out that concerted efforts have been made to deny the right of conscientious objection on the part of Catholic individuals and institutions with regard to cooperation in intrinsically evil practices.  Others have spoken to me of a worrying tendency to reduce religious freedom to mere freedom of worship without guarantees of respect for freedom of conscience.
-From Pope Benedict SVI's address to American bishops, Jan. 19, 2012

22 posted on 06/26/2012 3:43:21 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Oops! Sorry. I will remember that. :-(


23 posted on 06/26/2012 4:51:28 PM PDT by wintertime
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To: Salvation

I decided to just say a Rosary every day, for my Novena.


24 posted on 06/27/2012 9:47:04 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: afraidfortherepublic

New grandson, Isaac David


25 posted on 06/27/2012 9:49:45 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Day 3 

  

For Realization of the Truth as to the Path this Country’s Leaders are Following.  Dear Jesus, help the citizens of this country to realize the truth of the direction this nation is taking. Help everyone to comprehend that the government is becoming detached from the will of the people by slowly stripping away individual freedoms. Restore in hearts the proud, independent nature that this country was founded upon. Amen.

Dear Jesus, allow the Truth of Holy Love to flood the heart of this nation. Place Truth in the center of every heart. Return this nation to its rightful place under the Dominion of God. Amen.


26 posted on 06/27/2012 9:51:36 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: SuziQ
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Day Three
Opening Prayer:
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in us the fire of your love.
Today's Reflection:
Religious liberty is not only about our ability to go to Mass on Sunday or pray the Rosary at home.  It is about whether we can make our contribution to the common good of all Americans.  Can we do the good works our faith calls us to do, without having to compromise that very same faith?...  What is at stake is whether America will continue to have a free creative and robust civil society -- or whether the state alone will determine who gets to contribute to the common good and how they get to do it.
--From Our First, Most Cherished Liberty.  U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2012


27 posted on 06/27/2012 9:56:47 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Nice name. What will they call him when he’s in High School? Ike?


28 posted on 06/28/2012 5:49:15 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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My husband’s name was David — so I’m guessing that. But kids are funny when they get to high school.


29 posted on 06/28/2012 7:09:18 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Day 4  

For Unity in Prayer Against Any Form of Dictatorship. Dear Jesus, unite the hearts of all the citizens of this nation to pray against any form of dictatorship. Do not allow the people of this free country to stand silent as the Constitution is trampled upon. Awaken hearts to see the hidden agenda of such actions, which encourages the One World Government. Pray that all hearts untied in the Truth. Amen.


Dear Jesus, allow the Truth of Holy Love to flood the heart of this nation. Place Truth in the center of every heart. Return this nation to its rightful place under the Dominion of God. Amen.


30 posted on 06/28/2012 7:11:10 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Typing this from a hard copy since I could not find it on the web.

DayFour
Opening Prayer:
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in us the fire of your love.
Today's Reflection:
George Washington wrote that "the establishment of civil and religious liberty was the motive that induced me to the fiwld of battle."  Thomas Jefferson assured the Ursuline sisters -- who had been serving a mostly non-Catholic population by running a hospital, an orphanage, and schools in Louisianna since 1727 -- that the principles of the Constitution were a "sure gauarantee" that their ministry would be free "to govern itself according to its own voluntary rules, without interference from the civil authority."

31 posted on 06/28/2012 7:17:40 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Day 5   

That the Path of Good is Well-defined Against the Path of Evil in all the Nation’s Decision Making. Dear Jesus, open the hearts of this nation to recognize the difference between good and evil. Help the people to see that those who are ambitious for themselves readily transgress the rights of others. Remove the hearts of those in influential positions the willingness to condone evil and to ignore God’s Commandments. Amen.

Dear Jesus, allow the Truth of Holy Love to flood the heart of this nation. Place Truth in the center of every heart. Return this nation to its rightful place under the Dominion of God. Amen.


32 posted on 06/29/2012 6:43:07 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Day Five
Opening Prayer:
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in us the fire of your love.
Today's Reflection:
The civil rights movement was an essentially religious movement, a call to awaken consciences...  In his famous Letter from Birmingham Jail in 1963, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. boldy said, "The goal of America is freedom...I would agree with St. Augustine that an unjust law is no law at all"...  How does one determine when a law is just or unjust?  A just law is a man-made code that squaes with the moral law or the law of God.  An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law."
--From Our First, Most Cherished Liberty.  U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2012
 

33 posted on 06/29/2012 6:56:51 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Day 6

That Satan is Disarmed in his Efforts to Gain Control Through the Economy. Dear Jesus, we see Satan’s hand in his efforts to weaken this country by weakening the economy. In this way, the New World Order – One World Government – appears more acceptable to everyone. Enlighten all the citizens of this nation to see that to weaken the economy is to gain control of hearts and lives. Help the people of this country to see that  government handouts are not free, but paid for with the surrender of independence. Amen.

Dear Jesus, allow the Truth of Holy Love to flood the heart of this nation. Place Truth in the center of every heart. Return this nation to its rightful place under the Dominion of God. Amen.


34 posted on 07/01/2012 6:48:29 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Day Six
Opening Prayer:
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in us the fire of your love.
Today's Reflection:
It is a sobering thing to contemplate our government enacting an unjust law.  And unjust law cannot be obeyed.  In the face of an unjust law, an accomodation is not to be soutght, especially by resorting to equivocal words and deceptive practices.  It we face today the prospect of unjust laws, then Catholics in America, in solidarity with our fellow citizens, must have the courage not to obey them.  No American desires this.  No Catholic welcomes it.  But if it should fall upon us, we must discharge it as a duty of citizenship and obligation of faith.
--From Our First, Most Cherished Liberty.  U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2012

35 posted on 07/01/2012 6:55:13 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Day 7

That Sin is no Longer Defined as a Right and Supported by Law. Dear Jesus, return the heart of this nation to the righteous support of God’s Commandments as encapsulated in Holy Love. Vigorously defend life in this effort, as well as the tradition of marriage between a man and a woman. Realize that the acceptance of sin as a political issue is shaking hands with Satan, and giving evil an open door. Let all laws be in support of God’s Commandments; thereby strengthening the backbone of this great nation. Amen.


Dear Jesus, allow the Truth of Holy Love to flood the heart of this nation. Place Truth in the center of every heart. Return this nation to its rightful place under the Dominion of God. Amen.


36 posted on 07/01/2012 8:56:54 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Day Seven
Opening Prayer:
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in us the fire of your love.
Today's Reflection:
The human person has a right to religious freedom. This freedom means that all men are to be immune from coercion on the part of individuals or of social groups and of any human power, in such ways that in matters religious no one is to be forced to act in a manner contrary to his own beliefs....  This right of the human person to religious freedom is to be recognized in the constitutionsl law whereby society is governed.  Thus it is to become a civil right.
--From Second Vatican Council's Declaration on Religious Liberty, 1965

37 posted on 07/01/2012 9:04:15 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Day 8  

For Citizens Who Live in Truth to be Emboldened in Their Power to Precipitate Change. Dear Jesus, place the Shield of Truth over all hearts, emboldening every effort to stand for the Truth.  In this powerful effort, precipitate change towards righteousness in every government action, and in every legal decision. Amen.


Dear Jesus, allow the Truth of Holy Love to flood the heart of this nation. Place Truth in the center of every heart. Return this nation to its rightful place under the Dominion of God. Amen.


38 posted on 07/02/2012 8:39:24 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Day Eight
Opening Prayer:
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in us the fire of your love.
Today's Reflection:
We are sadly aware that religious liberty in many other parts of the world is in much greater peril.  Our obligation at home is to defned religious liberty robustly, but we cannot overlook the much graver plight that religious believers, most of them Christian, face around the world...  If religious liberty is eroded here at home, American defense of religious liberty aborad is less credible.  Therefore it is our task to strengthen religious liberty at home...so that we might defend it more vigorously aborad. 
--From Our First, Most Cherished Liberty.  U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2012


39 posted on 07/02/2012 8:46:35 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Day 9  

For the Glorious Victory of Truth in Those Who Hold the Highest Offices: President, Supreme Court Justices, Congressman and Senators, All Appointed Officials.

Dear Jesus, inspire the Victory of Truth in all those who hold public office. Do not allow compromise of Truth or any contradiction to be part of any law. In this effort, uphold the rights and independence of every citizen. Most especially inspire those who hold offices of the most profound influence: President, Congress, Supreme Court Justices, Appointed Officials, towards this end. Amen.


Dear Jesus, allow the Truth of Holy Love to flood the heart of this nation. Place Truth in the center of every heart. Return this nation to its rightful place under the Dominion of God. Amen.


40 posted on 07/03/2012 9:23:27 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Typing this from a hard copy since I could not find it on the web.

Day Nine
Opening Prayer:
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in us the fire of your love.
Today's Reflection:
What we ask is nothing more than that our God-given right to religious liberty be respected.  We ask nothing less than that which the Constitution and laws of the United States, which recognize that right, be respected.  In insisting that our liberties as Americans be respected, we know as bishops that what our Holy Father said is true.  This work belongs to "an engaged, articulate, and well-formed Catholic laity endowed with a strong critical sense vis-a-vis the dominant culture."
--From Our First, Most Cherished Liberty.  U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2012


41 posted on 07/03/2012 9:30:13 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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