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Friday Penance and Catholic Identity

About a year ago, the USCCB issued a statement that would help American Catholics to rediscover their Catholic identity in the public square.

It has been a year since this has been issued and I have heard that it has been renewed for 2014. Regardless, this is something that even if it isn’t renewed, we should be practicing.

Our Catholic identity is an important aspect of our faith. If we proclaim to believe something, we should practice that. Here are 5 items that the USCCB would like for us as Catholics to rekindle.

A Friday in Lent
  1. Starting with the Sunday after Christmas (Feast of the Holy Family) and continuing on or near the last Sunday of every month through Christ the King Sunday, November 2013, cathedrals and parishes are encouraged to hold a Eucharistic Holy Hour for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty.
  2. Families and individuals are encouraged to pray a daily Rosary, especially for the preservation of Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty in the nation.
  3. At Sunday and daily Masses, it is encouraged that the Prayers of the Faithful include specific intentions for respect for all human life from conception to natural death, the strengthening of marriage and family life, and the preservation of religious liberty at all levels of government, both at home and abroad.
  4. Abstinence from meat and fasting on Fridays are encouraged for the intention of the protection of Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty, recognizing the importance of spiritual and bodily sacrifice in the life of the Church.
  5. The celebration of a second Fortnight for Freedom at the end of June and the beginning of July 2013 is being planned. This Fortnight would emphasize faith and marriage in a particular way in the face of the potential Supreme Court rulings during this time. The Fortnight would also emphasize the need for conscience protection in light of the August 1, 2013 deadline for religious organizations to comply with the HHS mandate, as well as religious freedom concerns in other areas, such as immigration, adoption, and humanitarian services.

As Catholics, we truly believe in the physical presence of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. We should spend time in Adoration with Him. The Rosary is a powerful prayer against evil. It also comes with 15 Graces as promised by Our Mother. And most importantly, we should abstain from meat and fast on Fridays. This was never outdone by Vatican 2. We were just given the option of what we wanted to abstain from.

It would be nice if the USCCB would make this mandatory as opposed to encouraged, but, I digress…

If you’ve already had meat today, give up something else, and start again next Friday.

Jeff December 13, 2013 1 Comment Permalink

Fortnight For Freedom 2013

The USCCB has asked all American Catholics to celebrate the Fortnight for Freedom beginning today, June 21 and going through July 4.

The Fortnight for Freedom asks us all to pray and fast for religious freedom. This was started last year in response to that awful HHS Mandate forcing all religious employers to violate their consciences in regards to contraception. Ironically, those in favor of on-demand contraception will tell you to stay out of their lives in the bedroom, but will then immediately demand that you give them free contraception…
Regardless, there are many things on the USCCB’s website for what you can do. They even have a page that lists off various activities going on within your diocese.
God can do much for us in prayer, we just have to ask for it. My suggestions would be to make a daily sacrifice (fast) from something you enjoy. Whether it be a food, beverage, activity or anything that you enjoy. Sacrifices are good. I’d also encourage prayer for conversions, Adoration Hours, Daily Mass intentions, Rosaries, Divine Mercy Chaplets, really, the list goes on and on, but do something.
As families gather around the dinner table and talk about what’s going on. Inform your children about the dangers this would lead to. If you can as a family go to activities that your diocese or parish is doing, go. The Catholic Church is in trouble in America, as evidenced by everything our President has done, said or implied.
Catholic martyrdom is coming in America, and really, is already here in some forms. Pray that we don’t have to undergo this test, pray for conversions of those threatening us, and most importantly, pray that you have the strength and grace needed if you are to be martyred.
Remember, those who are martyred are granted straight entrance into Heaven.

Mr. Obamacare Goes to the Supreme Court

I don’t plan on discussing too much in politics with in this blog at the time being, however, I have found that with the latest power grab by the Obama Administration upon the Catholic Church, as well as the potential loss of both personal and religious freedom, it is difficult to separate the two on this particular issue.

As I’m sure you know by now (and if you haven’t heard you have been hiding under a rock), the Obama Admin. has been forcing a very pro-abortion, pro-contraception and pro-sterilization mandate upon the Catholic Church. It has bent over backwards for the protection of conscience for specific religious groups (Amish, Muslims, Mormons), but, when it comes to the largest religious group within the United States, nuh uh, too bad, you must violate your consciences, no exceptions for you!

A lot of the arguments for the mandate and why Catholics should violate their consciences have been incredibly weak and hollow minded. The common one is “well 98% of Catholic women use contraception, so what’s the big deal?” Well, just because the majority of Catholics commit mortal sin on a frequent basis, doesn’t nullify the intensity and gravity of the sin.

One thing that surprises me most is the fact that we keep hearing the argument “Separation of Church and State!”. I’m amazed how many people wrongly interpret this. There is no such statement within the entire Constitution or Bill of Rights. What we do know for absolute surety is from the First Amendment of our Constitution.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Right there in bold is all you need to know. The HHS Mandate is a clear attack on the First Amendment. It is prohibiting the free exercise of the Roman Catholic Church, and all individuals who feel that it would violate their conscience to allow for this.

I personally hope that Obamacare gets repealed. There are so many bad pieces of law within the entirety of it, that the Supreme Court could get back logged looking at each and every questionable piece. It would take many years to go through it all, listen to arguments, and make decisions on it. It would be easier to rewrite it. There are many other issues with it that make it questionable. Many of them have been addressed already by others, so I will not dig too deep into it.

We’ll see what happens.

Jeff March 26, 2012 Leave A Comment Permalink

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