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Sunday, June 24, 2012

The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

On this, the Feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, just two days following the Feast of Saints Thomas More and John Fisher, and during the Fortnight for Freedom, we can think of no better video to post than this moving tribute to Blessed John Paul II.  His heroic life reminds us that we are invincible when we stand with Our Lord against evil.

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.


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