Does it seem like the rights of freedom which we once took for granted are slipping away?  Do the new "laws" seem backward to you? Immorality is the new morality, and "freedom" leaves the most vulnerable of our society unprotected. "Tolerance" has become a one-way street...  

On July 4, 2017, America will "celebrate" 241 years of freedom and independence.  Yet it seems like every time we turn on the news, the definition of freedom has come to mean "anything goes" and we must respect another person's right to do as they please, even if it puts another individual or group in harm's way.  

Fortnight for Freedom 2017: Freedom for Mission 

Each year dioceses around the country arrange special events to highlight the importance of defending religious freedom. The Fortnight for Freedom starts on June 21 (the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More) through July 4 (Independence Day). During this time, we are called to participate in fourteen days of prayer and action for religious freedom.  We celebrate a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power - St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, St. John the Baptist, SS. Peter and Paul, and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome, to name a few.

Let us unite our prayers to these saints who inspire us for their bravery and commitment to the faith as we struggle to preserve our precious freedoms...

According to the USCCB, "Religious freedom has recently become one of the major focal points in the conversation on how Americans can pro-mote the common good. Our Catholic tradition has much to offer this conversation. In this time of increasing polarization in our culture, we can contribute to a better understanding of this issue in a way that respects all people. We can speak with friends and neighbors about religious freedom and work to clear up misconceptions about it." 

Please log onto the USCCB web site for a short guide that will help us talk about religious freedom and clear up misconceptions about it.    

USCCB also invites us to take action. Make your voice heard by using an automated service to contact your designated political representatives based on your zip code.

If ever there was a time and a need for action and prayer for the United States, the time is now!

"Americans share many blessings and strengths, including a tradition of religious freedom and political participation. However, as a people, we face serious challenges that are clearly political and also profoundly moral in nature.

"We are a nation founded on 'life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,' but the right to life itself is not fully protected, especially for unborn children, the most vulnerable members of the American family. We are called to be peacemakers in a nation at war. We are a country pledged to pursue 'liberty and justice for all,' but we are too often divided across lines of race, ethnicity, and economic inequality.

"We are a nation of immigrants, struggling to address the challenges of many new immigrants in our midst. We are a society built on the strength of our families, called to defend marriage and offer moral and economic supports for family life. We are a powerful nation in a violent world, confronting terror and trying to build a safer, more just, more peaceful world. We are an affluent society where too many live in poverty and lack health care and other necessities of life. We are part of a global community facing urgent threats to the environment that must sustain us. These challenges are at the heart of public life and at the center of the pursuit of the common good." 


Prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas   

We can also pray the Novena for the Persecuted Church & Religious Freedom.