The Fortnight for Freedom
As proclaimed by our Bishops for Religious Liberty in the U.S.A.
June 21st to July 4th
“Freedom to Serve”
Our now annual prayer for religious freedom sponsored by our Bishops, The Fortnight for Freedom, will once again be the 14 days leading up to and including our country’s celebration of our Independence on July 4th. Remembering the birth of our nation on July 4th, and celebrating it is truly a patriotic act.
George Washington, considered (one of) our country’s founding Father(s), expressed in his “Farewell Address” of September 19, 1796, his concerns for this fledging nation. He cautioned his fellow citizens to be ever mindful of anything that would deter or diminish “this experiment” that is [now] our great nation.
Within the First Amendment of our country’s “Bill of Rights” it states that “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”
The Fortnight of Freedom is meant to be used by us as a time to pray and reflect, about our church’s role and place in our country and be inspired to protect our country and our church from the abuses that George Washington feared.
Because of certain laws and orders from the federal and state (Illinois) executive and legislative AND judicial branches we are seeing religion in general and our Catholic church in particular, marginalized and our ability to freely live out the practice of our faith greatly jeopardized.
So, in these days leading up and including the fourth of July, we are asked to pray for our freedom to serve, without infringements or limitations of any kind, since to serve is an essential and fundamental duty of all Christians for Jesus has called us to love—to serve— one another. The theme of this year's Fortnight will focus on the freedom to serve the poor and vulnerable.
Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship- Contemporary Challenges Facing the Church
Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship
The Challenge of Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship
Letter from Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC
Link to the Catholic Post and letter