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40 Days for Conscience: July 1st to August 9th

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Consciences formed in accord with Holy Mother Church, the Church that Christ Himself established, do not support HHS! From July 1st to August 9th, join Catholic Sistas in the next prayer campaign, 40 Days for Conscience.

As you may know, the deadline for our bishops to violate their consciences or face undue tax burden, lose their tax-exempt status and possibly end up in jail is August 1. If ever there was a time to fervently pray for the continued united voices of our bishops in the United States, now is it. We need you to commit to join us in prayer. Please join us by participating with us on Instagram and Facebook, where we will be conducting the campaign. Each day a new petition will be unveiled, giving you a new petition to pray with us for the day. 

“The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced on January 20 that almost all employers, including Catholic employers, will be forced to offer their employees health coverage that includes sterilization, abortion-inducing drugs, and contraception. Almost all health insurers will be forced to include those “services” in the health policies they write. And almost all individuals will be forced to buy that coverage as a part of their policies.In so ruling, the Administration has seemingly ignored the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, denying to Catholics our Nation’s first and most fundamental freedom, that of religious liberty. As a result, unless the rule is overturned, we Catholics must be prepared either to violate our consciences, or to drop health coverage for our employees (and suffer the penalties for doing so). The Administration’s sole concession was to give our institutions one year to comply.We cannot—we will not—comply with this unjust law. People of faith cannot be made second class citizens because of their religious beliefs. We are already joined by our brothers and sisters of all faiths and many others of good will in this important effort to regain our religious freedom. Our parents and grandparents did not come to these shores to help build America’s cities and towns, its infrastructure and institutions, its enterprise and culture, only to have their posterity stripped of their God given rights. All that has been built up over so many years in our Catholic institutions should not be taken away by the stroke of an administrator’s pen. This order reduces the Church to a private club, destroying her public mission in society. In generations past, the Church has always been able to count on the faithful to stand up and protect her sacred rights and duties. I hope and trust she can count on this generation of Catholics to do the same.”  ~ Cardinal George

Encyclicals and Church Documents that support Freedom of Conscience:

What else can I do?

Join the USCCB in their Fortnight for Freedom starting June 21-July 4.

Review the USCCB’s fact sheet.

Send an e-mail to Congress.

Read comments by the USCCB in response to the latest mandate rule.

Text FREEDOM to 377377 to get the latest updates from the USCCB.

Ask St. Thomas More to intercede for us, as he is the patron saint of religious freedom.

Watch these videos on religious liberty.

Read 12 Things Everyone Should Know about The Contraceptive Mandate.

Read what the Church really teaches about Love and Sexuality.

Read up on HHS Mandate Legal Resources.

Add this to your daily prayers:

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.

Amen.

 

“I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square. His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the church has done so often in human history.” ~ Cardinal George

“We must promote religious liberty for all people. Every man and woman must be free to profess his or her faith, whatever it may be. Why? Because that man and that woman are children of God.” – Pope Francis 

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Your Handy-Dandy List to Matrimony Resources

We are so excited about our next prayer campaign, which is set to begin on May 1! The title of the campaign is 40 Days for Sacred Matrimony. We couldn’t think of a better   way to announce the campaign than to come up with a list of great marriage resources for you all to visit, peruse, bookmark, or share. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook to see our daily petition buttons for you to share on your walls, to tweet, or to use in your own blog posts. We’d like to thank all our friends, and fellow contributors who helped us compile the list of intentions that make this campaign complete.

 

RESOURCES:

Church Documents:

Canon Law on Marriage

Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body

CCC on Marriage

Dignitas Cannubii

U.S. Catholic Bishops, Pastoral LetterMarriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan

National Pastoral Initiative for Marriage

Marriage and the Family in the United States: Resources for Society

Books:

Marriage: Small Steps, Big Rewards by Dr. Ray Guarendi

Marriage: The Mystery of Faithful Love by Dietrich Von Hildebrand

Amazing Grace for Married Couples: 12 Life-Changing Stories of Renewed Love by Jeff Cavins, Matthew Pinto, and Patti Armstrong

Life-Giving Love: Embracing God’s Beautiful Design for Marriage by Kimberly and Scott Hahn

Chosen and Cherished: Biblical Wisdom for Your Marriage by Kimberly Hahn

Three to Get Married by Archbishop Fulton Sheen

A Catholic Handbook for Engaged and Newly Married Couples by Frederick Marks

Husband and Wife by Father Paul Wickens

Be a Man! Becoming the Man God Created You to Be by Father Larry Richards

Created to be His Help Meet: Discover How You can Make Your Marriage Glorious by Debi Pearl

The Four Loves by C. S. Lewis

Courage to Love by Gerald Foley

Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts by Gary Chapman

Saint Gianna, Wife, Mother, Doctor by Pietro Molla

Chastity and Courtship

Angela’s Song by Catholic Sistas contributor and author, AnnMarie Creedon

Arms of Love by Carmen Marcoux

Surrender by Carmen Marcoux

Come My Beloved: Inspiring Stories of Catholic Courtship by Catholic Sistas contributor and author, Ellen Gable

Websites:

For Your Marriage – An initiative by the USCCB

Divorce and Remarriage – Scripture Catholic

Marriage, Unique for a Reason

The Alexander House

Retrouvaille

Articles

Five Challenges and Five Opportunities

What does the Church say about contraception?

The Catholic Family Handbook by Father George Kelley

100 Ways to Make Your Marriage Mediocre

100 Ways to Make Your Marriage Rock

Testimonials

Five Characteristics of a Matrimonial Vocation

A Holy Family: Thoughts on Procreation and Christian Marriage

How to Change the World {Without Going to Africa}

Read more from our contributors on marriage.

40 Days of the Sanctity of Marriage prayer buttons

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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.