“Love rules without rules”
― St. Thomas More, O.F.S.
St. Thomas More was a saint who paid with his life for standing up for his Catholic Faith against the King of England. St. Thomas More was a professed member of the Secular Franciscan Order who is now the patron saint of politicians, lawyers, widowers, and difficult marriages. Today marks the beginning of the Fortnight for Freedom with a vigil Mass in Baltimore’s cathedral to begin two weeks of prayer, education, and action for religious liberty in America starting on June 22nd the Feast of St. Thomas More. Let us all pray for religious liberty in America and across our globe.
Prayer of St. Thomas More
Grant me, O Lord, good digestion, and also something to digest. Grant me a healthy body, and the necessary good humor to maintain it. Grant me a simple soul that knows to treasure all that is good and that doesn’t frighten easily at the sight of evil, but rather finds the means to put things back in their place. Give me a soul that knows not boredom, grumblings, sighs and laments, nor excess of stress, because of that obstructing thing called “I”. Grant me, O Lord, a sense of good humor. Allow me the grace to be able to take a joke to discover in life a bit of joy, and to be able to share it with others. Amen.
– Saint Thomas More
St. Thomas More, O.F.S. (American Catholic)
Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty – USCCB
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.