Friday, June 29, 2012

Fortnight for Freedom - Day 9

Today I made a donation to the Archdiocese for the Military Services. You will recall how Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio was stifled when he wrote to the Catholic Chaplains about the HHS Mandate by the head of the Chaplains. This was nothing short of censorship. The Archbishop had to change the wording of his letter.

Prayer of the Archdiocese for the Military Services:

Almighty God and Father, look with love upon our men and women in uniform and protect them in their time of need. Give them health and stability and allow them to return to their loved ones whole and unshaken. Be with their families and sustain them in these uncertain times.

Grant strength and peace of mind to the Veterans who have given their best for the country they love. Support them in infirmity and in the fragility of old age. Teach us to remember their sacrifices and to express our gratitude.

Manifest your tender care to those in the Military Academies who prepare for future service and to those who serve our Nation far from home. Teach us to remember the sacrifices of those whose efforts contribute to ensuring our way of life.

Bless and multiply the priests who minister to the faithful of the Archdiocese for the Military Services. Reward their generosity and keep them faithful.

Hear us as we present our prayers to You through Christ our Lord

I also downloaded Cardinal Timothy Dolan's booklet "True Freedom: On Protecting Human Dignity and Religious Liberty," from Amazon to my Kindle, 99 cents, only 37 pages, just published, 6/19/2012. A very good read especially at this time of concern for religious liberty and the secularization of our society.

From Amazon:

Are American liberties on the endangered species list? In this eBook original, the Archbishop of New York and president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issues a plea for all citizens to reject the cynicism of the day and foster a culture in which religious freedom and all human life are infinitely valued.
Religion and the dignity of human life are under attack by a variety of threats in the modern world including abortion, infanticide, eugenics, misuse of artificial reproductive technologies, an unjust distribution of economic resources, war, the arms trade, drugs, and human trafficking. What can be done to stop this? Cardinal Timothy Dolan explains the need for all Americans to embrace a new culture rooted in what Blessed John Paul II called the Gospel of Life where the sacredness of all human life, and the freedoms that are their birthright, are upheld, respected and protected by law.

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