Nifty! Virtual Vigil for Religious Liberty

Have you seen the Virtual Vigil for Religious Liberty?

You can virtually attend a rally.  BUT… BUT… you have to PRAY too, right?

Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty

O God our Creator, 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. Amen.

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  1. Kypapist says:

    I will also offer my all-night adoration tonight from 2:00 a.m. until TLM at 6:45 a.m. at Old St. Mary’s in Cincinnati, this week and next week.

  2. HyacinthClare says:

    OK, that is TOO COOL. And yes, I am praying too, Father.

  3. MisterH says:

    Another outstanding short video for the Fortnight for Freedom has been released!

    This one has been put out by “The Catholic Association” and can be viewed at the link:

  4. Tonight we are having a votive Mass of St. Thomas More at my Chapter House (Missa Cantata, of course). For the triumph of the Church and the crushing, humiliating defeat of her enemies!

  5. ocalatrad says:

    I must confess that nothing has caused me more confusion in my study of the faith in recent years than this whole question of religious liberty. On the one hand I get people saying that all “people of faith” should hold hands, love God and that it doesn’t matter what religion you confess. On the other hand, we have those who say that anyone who is not a Catholic has no freedom to hold any other belief and they’re going to hell. Obviously the answer is somewhere in between. Why do we not speak of the liberty of Holy Mother the Church? It seems we are using secular liberal terms in defense of the rights of the Church, liberal terms that imply these rights extend to all where Christian charity would impel us rather to tolerate these other religions rather than endorse their errors.

  6. heway says:

    @ocalatrad – where did you ever hear or read in your study of the faith that anyone who is not Catholic has no freedom to hold any other belief and they’re going to hell? Begin with Jesus was a Jew! Did you ever hear of Taize and why it was begun? It is an interdenominational group of monks in Europe. It was started after christians realized that there would always be war if we don’t learn how to be christian to one another. One beautiful song from Taize -“There is one Lord, one Faith, one Baptism, there is one God who is Father of all”.

  7. ocalatrad says:

    @heway — I appreciate your efforts at addressing my doubts but I don’t think you answered the question. I know it is not an article of faith or anything that the Church believes or teaches in that non-Catholics are ipso facto doomed. I need to know the Church’s stance with regard to other religions and concerning the relationship between church and state. I know about Taize and while it is well-intentioned, I suppose, I don’t think the sort of identity-blurring radical ecumenism Taize stands for is the solution to our Christian identity crisis today by any means.

  8. MisterH says:

    The movement against contraception and its negative effects on our society is growing stronger and more sophisticated and is now educating young adults with a dynamic new website.

    Check out the story here:

  9. Chris Garton-Zavesky says:


    I think I understand the question you’re asking. Might I repose it thusly?

    1) America is a country founded on non-Catholic principles, although Catholics can understand them in a Catholic sense.
    2) Christ founded the Catholic Church as His chosen instrument for the salvation of men.
    3) Popes have condemned Americanism, Liberalism and Modernism.

    Why are we trying to defend the freedom of Holy Mother Church and of individual Catholics by relying on condemned doctrines and on principles which can, quite legitimately, be read in a non-Catholic sense?

    Did I get it right?

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