Laudetur Iesus Christus!
Nunc et in Aeternum! Amen!
I actually promised to share these with a few people and since I have a rather strong inkling that they follow this blog, Imma post them here so that everyone else can see them as well because I think they are very important considering the environment we are in here in the United States.
Last Friday, all over the country there were a little over a hundred (I think) rallies in major cities showing the government that there are in fact people who value their religious freedom and conscience rights. Why were they rallying? Because the government is seeking to force individuals of faith and faith-based organizations (such as Catholic institutions large and small) to cow-tow to their wishes and pay for things that run directly contrary to their beliefs (contraception, abortion, sterilization, etc.). In a broader sense (which only adds to the importance), this very mandate, which the government wishes to impose, goes against the very Constitution on which this whole country is based. You know, the whole “freedom of religion” thing? Yeah. That. Government has NO right in any circumstance to force individuals to violate their beliefs which are protected by the Constitution.
There was one of these aforementioned rallies in my dear Detroit. I was unable to go for varied reasons but I know some people who did. And, thankfully, the organization that put the rally on posted the talks on that wonderful vale of information and dissipation known as YouTube. I am going to post some of them here to share them with you all.
This one is presented by Teresa Tomeo who is a well-known Catholic speaker and radio broadcaster. She also belongs to my parish (whootz) and she is an amazing lady. And she’s Italian so you can’t go wrong there. Her husband is also on the road to becoming a permanent deacon in the AoD. She opens with the story of Blessed Miguel Pro, one of the Mexican Martyrs.
This one is presented by one of our auxiliary bishops in the AoD, His Excellency Michael Byrnes. He is speaking in place of Archbishop Vigneron who was participating in his father’s funeral. Bishop Byrnes’ first assignment was at my home parish. Just sayin’. He was also vice-rector of the Seminary before being consecrated a bishop.
There were other Catholic speakers but there were also other Christian speakers. One of those speakers is Pastor Claude May from Oasis of Hope Christian Community in Detroit. His community opened the Detroit Pregnancy Test and Help Center, the first of its kind in the city proper.
There are others that you can view on the “Citizens for a ProLife Society” YouTube channel.
And now, I want to share another video with you that I came upon that is also about religious freedom.
I really really like this. This is very well-presented. It’s a form of poetry as you can tell by the rhyme and the meter.
Please do share these with friends and family. Spread the word about what is going on in our country. This is not just about abortion, contraception, and all that. It’s about the very religious freedom (among other freedoms) on which our country is founded. When one of those integral freedoms is attacked and taken away, then begins the slippery slope of others giving way as well. We need to stand up for our religious freedom and our conscience rights! We need to defend them always even when it is not convenient or when it is frowned upon by others. Remember, Christ said that since the world hated Him, they shall also hate us who follow Him. We must be soldiers for Christ! The Lord wants saints!
Have a blessed day!