Fortnight for Freedom daily reflections

Friday, Jun. 13, 2014

June 21: For martyrs such as Archbishop Oscar Romero, who are killed for practicing their faith in the political arena, we pray: Jesus, courage of martyrs, have mercy on us.

June 22: For those on death row who are denied the opportunity to return to their religious beliefs and be reconciled with God, we pray: Jesus, seeker of souls, have mercy on us.

June 23: For the 75 percent of the world’s population who live in countries where governments, social groups, or individuals restrict the ability to practice one’s faith, we pray: Jesus, lover of all of us, have mercy on us.

June 24: For refugees around the world who leave behind their homes and livelihoods as they flee religious discrimination or outright persecution, we pray: Jesus, our refuge, have mercy on us.

June 25: For United States servicemen and women who have risked their lives to protect our freedoms, we pray: Jesus, model of goodness, have mercy on us.

June 26: For people of faith in Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia, where at least nominally democratic regimes have enacted new laws or increased prosecutions against minority faiths, we pray: Jesus, prince of peace, have mercy on us.

June 27: For medical personnel forced to choose between their religious beliefs or their employment, we pray: Jesus, eternal wisdom, have mercy on us.

June 28: For elected officials who support religious liberty, and for officials who have forgotten the lessons of history, we pray: Jesus, gentle and humble of heart, have mercy on us.

June 29: For those who seek to protect the sanctity of all life from conception to natural death, we pray: Jesus, author of life, pray for us.

June 30: For religious institutions facing new challenges as they seek to maintain their Catholic identity; we pray, Jesus, father of the world to come, have mercy on us.

July 1: For all Catholics who continue to hunger for peace and work for justice, we pray: Jesus, God of peace, have mercy on us.

July 2: For those living in poverty, struggling to survive, losing hope and faith, we pray: Jesus, father of the poor, have mercy on us.

July 3: For a culture of life, where violence is unacceptable and discrimination of any kind is unthinkable, we pray: Jesus, model of goodness, have mercy on us.

July 4: For the freedom of all our brothers and sisters to practice their faith wherever they live, whatever their race, color, creed, political persuasion or income level, we pray: Jesus, brightness of everlasting light, have mercy on us.

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