Today begins the Fortnight for Freedom, a time set apart especially to pray for religious liberty. As we are all aware, there are many attempts to curtail religious freedom at this time, and it is important that we, as men and women of faith, continue to stand up for our rights which are protected by our Constitution. As Pope Francis wrote in Evangelii Gaudium, "[A] healthy pluralism...does not entail privatizing religions in an attempt to reduce them to the quiet obscurity of the individual's conscience or to relegate them to the enclosed precincts of churches, synagogues, or mosques." (n.255) We belong to a great nation, a nation strong enough to hold within itself opinions and beliefs of all kinds. Religious liberty is a great blessing and one which no one should be deprived of!
Here in the United States today is also Father's Day! We want to give a big thank you to all our fathers, living and deceased, the fathers in our families and our spiritual fathers as well. May God bless you all!