So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Monday, August 15, 2016

Oklahoma City. Pray. Fast. Trust in God.

An excerpt from Archbishop Paul S. Coakley's August 7th letter anticipating today's events in Oklahoma City.
I ask that we pray through the intercession of Saint Michael the Archangel, the Blessed Virgin Mary and all of the angels and saints that the Lord will watch over our community and protect us from evil and its many destructive and violent manifestations. I ask that prayer be offered in our churches and homes and during an ecumenical prayer service and walk. I am not encouraging demonstrations at the Civic Center, which seem only to feed (the satanist's) hunger for attention and encourage repeat performances of obscenity and outrage.
As outrageous as these satanic rituals may be, those who perform them claim the mantle of religious liberty. [...] (We should pray for those who commit such blasphemies. They are putting their souls in great danger!)
While we abhor the blasphemies being committed by this corruption of authentic worship, this controversy affords us an opportunity to reaffirm our right as Catholics under the same mantle of religious liberty to speak the truth in love when we defend the sanctity of life and marriage, when we claim the liberty to act on our faith in serving the poor and marginalized in our charitable institutions, caring for the sick in our health care institutions and educating children in our Catholic schools.
As the local government has refused to interfere with this abhorrent blasphemous worship that is being publicly sanctioned in our community, we trust that our government – local, state and federal – will reaffirm its commitment to protect the religious liberty of Christians and other believers as well.
It is not merely a question of the freedom to worship, but freedom to witness and to serve as we live out the full implications of our faith in the public square.
Pray the Holy Rosary today (and regularly throughout the week) and boldly trust that Our Lady hears your prayers and intercedes with Jesus to bring about the will of God.

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.

Saint Michael the Archangel: pray for us and the people of Oklahoma City.

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