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40 Days to Pray for The USA {Prayer Campaign}

It’s that time again for our Prayer Campaign and this time, as promised, we are going to pray for the USA. We invite you to help us promote this next prayer campaign that will start on Saturday, September 1. This prayer campaign is of particular importance, in that we will be focusing heavily on praying for our country; especially now as we go into the election. We feel we will need the prayers of many and rely on your help to spread the word. Please feel free to share this event and promote it on your Facebook walls, your blogs, G+, Twitter, any any media outlets you may have a connection with, please and thank you.

Why are we doing this? Pillars of a nation crumble when the “metal is mixed with clay”. Already our institutions of education, religion, government and finance have suffered this mix and are beginning to crumble. Help to rebuild our nation and bring in men and women who believe in our founding fathers to do so. Prayer is the most powerful weapon we have in this spiritual war. Make this a daily prayer for our nation; to come back to God via Godly leaders. The opposition is great and satan never sleeps, so we have an obligation and an opportunity to use our weapon of war for the love of God and country.

40 Days of Prayers for the U.S.A. is dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, patroness of the United States of America.

There are two easy ways for you to participate:

1. Join us on our Facebook Event page. You can RSVP to let us know you are joining us in prayer. If you don’t use FB, you can just leave us a comment under this post.

2. You can join us by downloading the flyer with all 40 days of prayer (don’t forget to leave us a comment as well):

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The prayers:

Day 1: Today we pray for all politicians: the president, cabinet, parliament, diplomats,
ambassadors, mayors, and the members of Congress.

Day 2: The real power in our universe is God and we seek help from Him. God, please help this nation return to You; if in these men is Your will, let it be done, and protect them along the way.

Day 3: Today we pray for all governmental leaders that they come into contact with the Gospel of Christ and experience the love of God.

Day 4: Every nation shall be under the rule of the Almighty God one day, so let’s prepare the way in the USA and lead other nations back to God. Lord guide us.

Day 5: Today we pray that corrupt and impure leaders become convicted and they seek the forgiveness of God. Help us appoint Godly men to lead our nation and protect the righteous ones.

Day 6: Today we pray for the families of all politicians and government officials, that You protect them and allow them to be a positive influence in all their decisions.

Day 7: Mary, Our Battlequeen, intercede for us now. The church militant desires to bring back the Holy Name of God in our schools, our courts, and our public places.

Day 8: Today we pray for all officials to execute their duties in a fair and humane manner and with insight.

Day 9: Oh Beautiful America, we have bathed your fruited planes with innocent blood! Remember the innocence of our youth, and God made us a great nation. Bring back that power, real and just, and consider the future of America with God as our friend, not as our enemy.

Day 10: Today we pray that leaders do that which is merciful, unselfish and sensitive to the people’s needs.

Day 11: Today we pray for citizens and government leaders to humble themselves and pray and seek the Lord’s will.

Day 12: You have told us the prayers of a righteous man avails much. Hear the prayers of your faithful for the sake of Your name and our nation, we pray these men will do what they can to put God in America again.

Day 13: Today we pray You help all governing authorities understand that all authority comes from God.

Day 14: Today we pray for our nation’s financial struggles and those suffering economic crisis. Bring them comfort and peace, oh Lord.

Day 15: Lord you use the weak, small, hopeful and the childlike to do Your work and show Your Power. Your faithful people are putting their hope in You to rescue us from the corruption in our nations leaders. Hear our prayers!

Day 16: Today we pray that You promote Godly influence in our government in our schools and to remove ungodly influence in the same.

Day 17: Today we pray our country to have an honest and honorable government.

Day 18: Today we pray that God gives us courage and guidance to overcome the evil that is running rampant in our country.

Day 19: Today we pray that citizens and government leaders turn from their wicked ways so that we may be forgiven for our sins and receive healing.

Day 20: Today we pray for the hungry, homeless, unloved, and unwanted citizens in our country.

Day 21: Today we pray that You use us, the citizens of this country, to bring it back to peace.

Day 22: Today we pray that leaders be humble and realize that they will have to give account to God because he/she was appointed by God.

Day 23: Today we pray for unfair and godless leaders, that they make “mistakes” that will be to the advantage of the Gospel.

Day 24: Today we pray that bad rulers and leaders be removed by the Lord, and that God-fearing persons may be appointed in their places.

Day 25: Today we pray that the Lord disrupts the advice of evil advisers and that He will give the leader wisdom and discernment.

Day 26: Today we pray that the plans of those who are involved in plots and unholy conspiracies will be broken and their plans be demolished.

Day 27: Today we pray for the Lord to break the stronghold of the demons and devils in politics and their individual lives.

Day 28: Today we pray that politicians be humble and realize that they will have to give account to God because they were appointed by God.

Day 29: Today we pray You break the plans of satan in the hearts of people of authority which are not in accordance with the laws of our country and of God.

Day 30: Today we pray for the volunteers and workers at the polls this election, that they follow all rules and be honest and keep others under these same standards.

Day 31: Today we pray for the citizens of our nation, that they open their mind and heart to the Word of the Lord to protect and honor our constitution and laws as they decide which candidate is the best one to vote for.

Day 32: Today we pray for our supreme court justices, that they make decisions according to Your will and that they judge morally and justly.

Day 33: Today we pray in thanksgiving for giving our forefathers the wisdom of establishing the division of powers so that our nation does not rest in the hands of one person.

Day 34: Today we pray that You bring healing to the culture of death mentality in our country, open eyes and soften hearts of those promulgating this evil agenda of killing innocent babies and our elderly.

Day 35: Today we pray that You take away the self-centered, indulgence, pride, and lack of shame over sin that plagues our nation.

Day 36: Today we thank You for making us citizens of this land of the free; help us make the right choices to please You, dear Lord, come voting day.

Day 37: Today we pray that You look with mercy on those who rule and lead the citizens of our country; help them see Your Holy Face, give them Faith.

Day 38: Today we pray that You grant to all our leaders the grace to know and do your Holy Will.

Day 39: Today we pray that You inspire Congressmen with the courage to make laws for the good of all and that they are pleasing to Thee.

Day 40: At America’s founding, our forefathers knew that our rights come from nature and God and not from government; pray that men in power realize this truth.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.

St. Michael, the Archangel, Defend these men and their families in battle. Be their defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke the devil, I humbly pray; and do thou, Oh Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the Power of God, cast into hell satan** and all his evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

 

** yes, we are well aware that the prince of darkness should be capitalized but we choose not to.

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The Fight for Religious Freedom Continues

From June 21 to July 4 of this year we participated in a Fortnight for Freedom led by our Bishops throughout the United States. On July 4, 2012 Masses were held around our nation to close out these fourteen days of prayer, study, and action on the topic of religious freedom. We are honored to present to you here a homily given that day by the Most Reverend Ronald W. Gainer of the Diocese of Lexington at the July 4 Mass at the Cathedral of Christ the King, Lexington, KY. Although the Fortnight for Freedom has ended, as Bishop Gainer says, the fight has not; there is much work still to be done. The following text is printed here with the permission of Bishop Gainer.

“The challenge facing you, dear friends, is to increase people’s awareness of the importance of religious freedom for society; to defend that freedom against those who would take religion out of the public domain and establish secularism as America’s official faith.”

Those challenging and so very prophetic words were spoken 17 years ago by Blessed John Paul II in Baltimore during his apostolic visit to our country.  The Holy Father foresaw the great challenges to religious liberty that were on the horizon for us and he gave us an agenda to educate and raise awareness of the importance of religious freedom for society and to act in the defense of that freedom against those who would deny or restrict it.

Our Mass today concludes The Fortnight for Freedom. These two weeks were especially dedicated as a hymn of prayer for our nation and a national campaign of teaching and witness for our first, most cherished freedom, religious liberty. It is our duty as citizens and an obligation of our faith to resist firmly and clearly the variety of unprecedented intrusions which so clearly encroach upon the freedom of religion and freedom of religious conscience that unfortunately have become almost commonplace in the laws and regulations of our nation.

It is fundamental to Catholic teaching that human rights inhere in every human being as a gift from God. They are not awarded to us. They are not given to us by the government or by our founding documents. They are natural to us. Made in God’s image and likeness, persons possess natural rights. Governments may identify certain individual rights, but governments can never be thought to be the origin of our inalienable and irrevocable rights.

Some critics of religious liberty believe that the founders of our nation could not have intended what we claim to be religious freedom. This is an untenable position and let me tell you why.  It is certainly true that some of the Founders were Deists – men like Washington, Jefferson, Franklin and Paine who doubted the inerrancy of Scripture and the divinity of Jesus. However it is clear from the personal writings of those who forged our new social order – whether or not they were personally religious  – that they understood clearly the need for religion in a free society. Because they understood human nature and believed in a God, the Founders were able to develop an understanding of liberty that is as timeless as it is fruitful.

Put simply, our Founders understood that for a democracy to succeed, citizens had to be virtuous people. The best way to foster virtue in people is the practice of religion. They understood that religious freedom was essential not only for the good of the individual but also for the common good of society.

This is our American heritage.  Religious liberty is the first freedom because if we are not free in our conscience and our practice of religion, all other freedoms are weakened and eventually lost. If our obligations and duties to God are impeded or, even worse, contradicted by the government, then we can no longer claim to be a land of the free and a beacon of hope for the world.

The history of many nations and even the history of some of our own American colonies, such as Maryland, teach us that freedom under the law and protection of God-given rights requires constant vigilance and protection or those freedoms disappear. The Fortnight for Freedom is only one response – organized nation-wide  – to highlight our duty to be vigilant, to protest violations and to defend all our freedoms, especially religious liberty.

Primary among the attacks on religious freedom is the mandate of the Department of Health and Human Services which requires employers, including Catholic institutions, to violate the moral law by providing contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs in their health plans. You will hear and read that the HHS mandate does grant an exemption to churches but it defines religious institutions in such a narrow way that it excludes, for example, Catholic universities, hospitals, food pantries, publishing houses, and social services. Most troubling is the administration’s underlying rationale for its decisions. They take the position that if a religious entity is not insular but engaged with broader society, it loses its religious character. Indeed, according to the federal rule, if we serve people who are not Catholic in our agencies, or educate them in our universities, or employee them in our institutions – and we certainly do – then we cease to qualify for the religious exemption. If we provide for the needs of the sick and the poor, but don’t require that they be Catholic or don’t explicitly catechize them, we do not qualify.

While the HHS mandate has loomed large in the media spotlight, be very aware that it is only one of a number of equally offensive regulations.  Other examples which clearly demonstrate that our religious freedom is endangered include: attempts by the government to alter church structures and internal governance; regulations by state’s or by individual institutions of higher learning which limit the rights of Christian students on their campuses; government regulations that have caused major Catholic foster care and adoption services to close their doors; discrimination against small church congregations and discrimination against Catholic humanitarian services. This last government infringement requires us to provide or refer for contraceptives and abortion services victims of human trafficking.  For years the US Conference of Catholic Bishops Migration and Refugee Services has been recognized for its excellent and efficient programs for victims of human trafficking.  Now because of altered federal regulations which contradict our moral convictions about the sacredness of unborn life, we are no longer eligible in administering contract services.

These have been the topics that have been analyzed and discussed during our seven parish-sponsored programs these past fourteen days.  Allow me, please, to thank all those who were involved in preparing, hosting and presenting these programs.  These evenings have been opportunities to teach and learn the truth about these critical issues we are facing today.  Thanks also to all who participated in our parish programs.  In today’s second reading Saint Paul instructed us to think about whatever is honorable, whatever is true, whatever is just.  This is what we have been doing over this Fortnight and this is what we must continue to do in order to fulfill our duty toward God and country..

The federal government seems intent on redefining religious liberty as the freedom of worship. Throughout our American history those two phrases – freedom of religion and freedom of worship – have been synonymous. They have meant the very same thing. However, many of these threats represent a redefining of freedom of religion to mean that we are free only to say and do what our religion dictates within the walls of our churches. We are free to worship but not free to carry the fruits of that worship into the public square. Religious liberty is not only about our freedom to go to Mass on Sunday or pray with our family at home. It is about whether we can make our contribution to the common good. Can we do the good works our faith calls us to do without having to compromise that very same faith? Without religious liberty properly understood, all Americans suffer, deprived of essential contributions made by many religious groups in education, health care, feeding the hungry, civil rights and social services that religious Americans make every day both here at home and overseas.

In his first encyclical, Pope Benedict XVI reminded us that the works of charity are as essential for the church’s mission as is preaching the gospel and administering the sacraments. The Catholic Church can no more abandon the sick in our hospitals or the immigrant at the border than she can set aside the Word of God or the Holy Eucharist. We cannot separate the fruits of faith from the faith itself. The works of faith are not optional.  They are not extras. They are essential. We care for the poor, the sick, the immigrant, the unemployed, the orphan, the expectant mother in distress, not only because it’s a good thing to do but because of our faith. It is the necessary fruit of faith and without it faith is dead.

For all these reasons we cannot, we must not be passive or indifferent as we see freedom of religion spun to mean freedom from religion.  This is not a Catholic issue. This is an American issue. This is not directly about contraception or abortion. This is not about imposing Catholic morality on the general public.   But it IS about the exercise of religious freedom and purposeful attacks against it.

The gospel in today’s Mass is taken from St. Matthew’s account of the Sermon on the Mount. Our Lord sets the bar high when he tells us: “You must be perfect, as your heavenly father is perfect.” The standards of the Sermon on the Mount stretch us. They take us beyond our normal desire to just be complacent and comfortable Christians. In this passage, our Lord uses dramatic language to get our attention. We need to have that kind of strong language to shake us up, to make us think, to make us recognize that we as Christians cannot simply drift along following the line of least resistance. We need to live our faith to the full.

Today with genuine gratitude, we celebrate, the birthday of our nation. We thank God for the rich legacy that has been handed on to us by generations of brave, self-sacrificing Americans. For our country, our freedoms, our mission in the world we give perfect thanks to the Father to the celebration of this Eucharist. At the same time we beg the Lord to give us wisdom and courage, insight and foresight that we might be responsible citizens and faithful Catholics in this confused time. Let us be radically open to the day-to-day graces God bestows on us so that with a renewed effort we might be willing to do everything we can to promote and protect religious freedom here in the United States and throughout the world. May God grant us a determination to do what we can by writing letters, making phone calls and sending e-mails to our government representatives informing them about our concerns about the shift in government policies regarding religious freedom and the definition of religious institutions. May God grant us a fuller conversion to be women and men of authentic Catholic faith who each in our own way proclaim the Gospel. May God grant us an increase in the virtue of true patriotism so that we might be faithful citizens committed to the common good of our land.  But most of all, may God grant us a deeper reverence for the Body and Blood of Christ in the Eucharist and a sincere passion to be bearers of Christ’s truth and love.


The Most Reverend Ronald W. Gainer was ordained to the priesthood in the Diocese of Allentown (PA) in 1973. He was ordained the Bishop of the Diocese of Lexington in February 2003. Bishop Gainer is the second bishop of the diocese. The Diocese of Lexington includes 63 parishes and missions across over 16,000 square miles of central and eastern Kentucky.

 

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Baby Drowned In Bucket After Failed Abortion

The new Internet outrage? A photo of a full term baby drowned in a bucket of water after a forced abortion in China. People are outraged and disgusted, as they should be. This photo has been shared countless thousands of times on facebook now and supposedly was shared at viral quantities over in China after the photo was released. You can read the full story HERE.
This is beyond disgusting. One word. Communism. This is only ONE case out of millions. Chinese mothers are being kidnapped, tied down and forced to abort their unborn. Read this woman’s story HERE.
Then if their baby still isn’t dead after all this, they drown them or shoot their heads full of poison or downright smash their skulls in and then throw them out into dumpsters like rotten garbage. Shocking isn’t it? Disgusting beyond belief? You bet. But why exactly are people so SHOCKED over this? Because that “fetus/clump of cells” is actually a BABY and not a clump of lifeless cells after all? This baby, this sweet innocent child finally put a face to this horror. Humans, being naturally compassionate, are horrified because they finally saw a snapshot of reality.
WTH people?! This is happening countless thousands of times a day all over the world. Babies, all the way to full term and even after birth are the victims of heinous crimes of violence. They are mutilated, chopped to pieces, sucked out of their mother’s wombs by vacuums, shot in the head with poison, drowned, their heads crushed, their body’s disposed of as though they were useless sacks of meat. Pro-CHOICE people are condoning this every.single.time they call themselves “pro-choice.” It’s apparently ok to murder unborn and even born children if they are inconvenient or unwanted by the parents. Infanticide is happening right now as you read this, all over the world. What do most people do? They turn a blind eye to it. They pretend like it’s not happening. They want to be politically correct and blend in with the liberal crowd who condone evil and so they call themselves “pro-choice.” More like “pro-murder-your-child-if-you-want.” They refuse to put faces to these children. They tell themselves they aren’t even human and don’t deserve the right to live. Why is it that our society of death is so shocked by this photo? A drowned baby in a bucket thrown into the corner does not even begin to show the reality of what’s really going on.

Chinese mothers can only have one child. If they get pregnant with a second the government tracks them down, kidnaps them and forcefully murders their child that they so desperately want. What do Americans do in general? They have their one or two token children and then refuse to have anymore because children are inconvenient and it means not buying that new car or house.
It means no more partying and coming home drunk and having sex with whoever you want. It means being a responsible adult.So what do they do? They convince themselves that they aren’t pregnant with a baby(even though it is scientifically proven that life begins at conception) and they go and volunteer their child’s life up for their own benefit. Some might say “the baby is only a couple weeks old…It can’t feel pain.” Umm…Can you prove that? And even if the child can’t feel pain, does that condone murder? Oh and just so you know, it is not uncommon for women in the USA to have abortions all the way into the third trimester.

The only difference between China and ourselves is that we are not YET forced to have an abortion – thank God! – but babies are still being murdered the same way and thrown into dumpsters, regardless. Don’t be fooled though because that is the path we are heading down very quickly. Obama has tricked so many fools. He is trying to get the HHS Mandate passed and it will be a huge step towards communism. The government is trying to force us all to pay for abortions, sterilization and birth control(which is also an abortifacient) because he has no morals and these children have no faces to him. He wants to be sure we have blood on our hands right along with him. This goes way beyond “affordable health-care for women.” This is just plain evil. Anyone who does not see this forces their eyes closed and covers their ears, screaming “it’s not true, it isn’t happening.” Obama is trying to force YOU to pay for that baby to be drowned. Obama is trying to force you to pay for that baby’s head to be injected with poison or his/her head smashed in. I, for one, would rather not have health-care at all then know that I knowingly put even a penny towards the murder of a child. I don’t want to face God and tell him that it was too “inconvenient” to stand up and fight for these children and that it was much easier to bow down, kiss Obama’s a** and pay for these demonic baby-slaying abortions. Yes, you’ve been horribly lied to. There is absolutely nothing in any way shape or form that is good about Obama-care. If you have any morals at all you will absolutely NOT support the HHS Mandate or any of the evil things our president and government are trying to force down our throats. Don’t turn a blind eye to what is really going on not only in our country but other’s like China. Be the first to stand up for the basic human rights of these children – LIFE!

Please do be horrified by this picture and please let this be a wake up call. This is happening in your own town, right down the street from you. Every time you call yourself “pro-choice” you are telling the world that you believe a woman has the right to choose whether her child lives or dies according to what she feels she wants or needs with no regard to the child. You are condoning the drowning of the full term baby in this picture. Either you are for what this picture represents or you aren’t. There is NO grey area here. DO NOT support abortion in any way, shape or form and that includes calling yourself pro-choice or giving your money to anybody/thing that supports abortion. Boycott the companies who donate any amount of money to Planned Parenthood (the biggest abortion slaughterhouse in the US) to name a few big ones: SGK – Susan G.Koman breast cancer foundation, Girl Scouts, PayPal and Ebay,etc. View the list to boycott HERE.

DO NOT support China! America is a HUGE consumer of Chinese products and that money is going towards the communist government, forced abortions and slave labor. Don’t buy Chinese cr**! Thirdly, for your own good and the good of our beloved country just STOP supporting Obama and his plans of suicide and destruction. Don’t vote for him. Don’t support the HHS Mandate which is a baby slaughtering move on the government’s big ole’ chessboard. They are using you as their pawns.
Be the first to stand up and say NO! Fight for the rights of unborn children! They cannot speak for themselves and they are the current victims of the biggest ever holocaust on earth. Their silent cries go unheard because too many people turn a blind eye to their deaths.Thousands of them being brutally murdered daily but it goes unnoticed by the majority because it’s not “politically correct” to fight for them. Educate yourself on what is REALLY going on in this world and don’t let the evil surrounding us fool you. Do not let this child’s death be in vain. If enough people stand up and fight this child will have died a martyr for many others who cannot defend themselves against this horror.