The annual Fortnight for Freedom takes place from June 21—the vigil of the Feast of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More—to July 4, Independence Day. This year's theme emphasizes the many witnesses to religious freedom, both past and present. For more about the topic, check the June issue of Matthew 25, St. Mary’s monthly Life, Charity & Justice newsletter, available on the usher stand, online on St. Mary’s Blog, or at www.aggiecatholic.org/matthew25 and visit www.fortnight4freedom.org from the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops for more information and resources.
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.