Earlier this month, the USCCB issued a “Call To Prayer For Life, Marriage, And Religious Liberty” on it’s website, encouraging Catholics to join in prayer and sacrifice during this Year of Faith (Dec. 30, 2012 — Nov. 24, 2013).
The two motives underscoring the bishops’ call to prayer are the HHS Mandate, which requires almost all Catholic employers to pay for employees’ contraception, sterilization, and abortifacient drugs; and the current movement in our Government to redefine marriage as a union between any two persons, regardless of their gender. As the document states:
“The well-being of society requires that life, marriage, and religious liberty are promoted and protected. Serious threats to each of these goods, however, have raised unprecedented challenges to the Church and to the nation.”
Specifically, the bishops recommended the following five ways for Catholics to participate in the Call to Prayer:
- Monthly Holy Hour on the last Sunday of each month
- Daily Rosary
- Prayers of the Faithful
- Abstinence from meat & Fasting on all Fridays
- Fortnight for Freedom 2013
For more information, you can visit the page for the “Call To Prayer For Life, Marriage, And Religious Liberty” on the USCCB website. The document is clear and succinct and refers to several other resources, which you might find useful for increasing your awareness of the challenging issues facing the Catholic Church, our culture, and religious liberty in this country.
You might also be interested in Fr John Hollowel’s synopsis of the document in the following video.