This is the third year of the annual Fortnight for Freedom campaign, which the US bishops launched as a moment to gather, to pray, and to promote religious liberty. Last year more than 500 Coloradans converged to pray for our legislators, our state, and our country with Archbishop Aquila on the steps of our State Capitol. The campaign runs from June 21-July 4, a time when our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power—St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher (June 22), St. John the Baptist (June 24), Sts. Peter and Paul (June 29), and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome (June 30).
These two weeks that correspond to Fortnight for Freedom are full of opportunities to ask our Lord to pour down blessings on the people of northern Colorado. This year, the opportunities are more bountiful as we will also celebrate the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (June 22), the Sacred Heart (June 27), the Immaculate Heart of Mary (June 28), and St. Thomas the Apostle (July 3).
This May when two Colorado state senators introduced SB175, a bill that would have introduced unregulated abortion in our state, there is no doubt that the prayers offered at the State Capitol by the people of Colorado helped defeat the bill two days later.
The theme of this year’s Fortnight will focus on the freedom to serve the poor and vulnerable in accord with human dignity.
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