One of the flags carried by our Patriots during the Revolutionary War set forth the words, “AN APPEAL TO HEAVEN!” We especially honor today, on July 4th, these amazing and courageous Patriots who fought another evil regime under the then ruling King George, as they gave their lives for the end of that tyranny.
Dear people of this great country, my soul, heart, mind, intellect and free will cries out for all of us to fight for our religious liberty, which has been violated and taken away by the current reigning king and his administration. As little people who are great in the eyes of God, we are doing our best in our power to fight the obliteration of the evil HHS Mandate promoting abortion on demand and forcing American citizens to submit to a law that is against their Faith. We refuse to submit and we APPEAL TO HEAVEN again to intervene for us in this horrible situation we find ourselves in which adds to the destruction of our Nation, under God. I AM A ROMAN CATHOLIC AMERICAN AND I DEFY THE HHS MANDATE!
Pursuant to the official website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, “the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ final rule on the HHS mandate that requires employee health insurance for contraceptives, including abortion-causing drugs, and female sterilization does not appear. . .to eliminate “the need to continue defending our rights in Congress and the courts,” Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York said yesterday, July 3, 2013.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, provided, by and through its president, Cardinal Dolan, three areas of concern based on the March 2012 statement of the Administrative Committee, United for Religious Freedom: “(1) the narrow definition of “religious employers” that are exempted, (2) the “accommodation” of religious ministries excluded from that definition, and (3) the treatment of businesses run by people who seek to operate their companies according to their religious principles.”
Cardinal Dolan stated: “We are concerned as pastors with the freedom of the Church as a whole – not just for the full range of its institutional forms, but also for the faithful in their daily lives–to carry out the mission and ministry of Jesus Christ.”
Accordingly, I offer this prayer drafted and proposed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, which is most appropriate for today:
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.
ST. THOMAS MORE, PATRON OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, PRAY FOR US!