Fortnight For Freedom
Apparently it starts today. Is anyone participating? Are your parishes having any extra activities?
Down in Sarasota Florida, Fr. Fryar is having an Hour of Adoration after the Low Mass every day. He streams the Mass everyday and he's streaming the Hour, too. At the end of the hour he has Benediction.

On the landing page click on the left Live Mass, then on that page at the bottom on the right is Live, click this and you're there. It's very handy for anyone shut in or with time.

I noticed a few weeks back a few parishes here locally put up congratulatory/supportive messages on their outside signs for the Shriners since their annual parade was going on. That may count as participating in the Fortnight for Masonry. (Plus, year or so ago many parishes here also put up messages congratulating them on their 100 year anniversary.)

Oh said Fortnight for Freedom, not Fortnight for Masonry. Nevermind.
Are you this cheerful with Dustin?
(06-21-2013, 01:26 PM)Scriptorium Wrote: Are you this cheerful with Dustin?

Umnmmm. Yes.

Gallows humor. The insanity of Catholic parishes praising masonry is almost as insane as the USCCB using a battle cry of Masonry (religious liberty) as our own banner with which to defend Holy Mother Church from the attacks of an athiestic godless government.

We won't defeat masonry by claiming their heretical beliefs as our own. God will not be mocked.

I have not seen anything really at the parish level (and I suspect this Fortnight is being greeted with a collective yawn by most Catholics) but the Archdiocese did put out some suggestions:

Catholics urged to draw spiritual weapons, defend religious liberty

CALENDAR FROM ARCHDIOCESE OF DENVER (Suggestions for the Fortnight for Freedom)


Fast by abstaining from meat and eating only one full meal.  Give up snacks, desserts and alcohol.


Attend the “Prayer in the Square” rally from noon to 2 p.m. at the state Capitol

June 23, SUNDAY 

Give up TV for the day & replace it with Rosary, Memorare, Chaplet of Divine Mercy


Sign up for texts from the Bishops by texting "FREEDOM" to 377377 or visiting


Contact government officials and ask them to support religious free- dom. For information, visit www. or call the Colorado Catholic Conference at 303-894-8808.


Pray a decade of the Rosary for students studying politics


READ "Catholics in the Public Square" by Bishop Thomas Olmsted (Diocese of Phoenix)


Fast by abstaining from meat & eating only one full meal.  Give up snacks, desserts & alcohol.


HOST A HOME MOVIE NIGHT , watch "A Man For All Seasons" about St. Thomas More or "For Greater Glory" about the struggle for religious freedom in Mexico less than 100 years ago.


Spend time in Eucharistic Adoration praying for state, local & national elected officials


Give up social media or other computer time and replace it with prayer, such as Rosary, Memorare or Chaplet of Divine Mercy


Pray a decade of the Rosary for lawyers defending freedom


Offer a special prayer or sacrifice for our veterans and those currently in the military in thanksgiving for the right to worship freely as Catholics


Sing or recite a favorite patriotic hymn for our country.

Many times in history - Elijah, Ninevah, Battle of Lepanto - people in unison have turned to God asking for His Mercy & He has answered their prayers by turning the tide of history.



This is precisely what I think everytime I see "Preserve Religious Freedom" signs.
Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty

O God our Creator,
from your provident hand we have received
our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
You have called us as your people and given us
the right and the duty to worship you, the only true God,
and your Son, Jesus Christ.
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.

Pope Gregory XVI, Mirari Vos, 1832 Wrote:14. This shameful font of indifferentism gives rise to that absurd and erroneous proposition which claims that liberty of conscience must be maintained for everyone. It spreads ruin in sacred and civil affairs, though some repeat over and over again with the greatest impudence that some advantage accrues to religion from it. "But the death of the soul is worse than freedom of error," as Augustine was wont to say.21 When all restraints are removed by which men are kept on the narrow path of truth, their nature, which is already inclined to evil, propels them to ruin. Then truly "the bottomless pit"22 is open from which John saw smoke ascending which obscured the sun, and out of which locusts flew forth to devastate the earth. Thence comes transformation of minds, corruption of youths, contempt of sacred things and holy laws--in other words, a pestilence more deadly to the state than any other. Experience shows, even from earliest times, that cities renowned for wealth, dominion, and glory perished as a result of this single evil, namely immoderate freedom of opinion, license of free speech, and desire for novelty. 


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