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September 11 is Patriot Day. A presidential proclamation issued in 2007 proclaims:
. . . the people of the United States [are] to observe Patriot Day with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and remembrance services, to display the flag at half-staff from their homes on that day, and to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 A.M. eastern daylight time to honor the innocent Americans and people from around the world who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
From the USCCB:
The fourteen days from June 21—the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More—to July 4, Independence Day, are dedicated to this “fortnight for freedom”—a great hymn of prayer for our country. Our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power—St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More, St. John the Baptist, SS. Peter and Paul, and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome. Culminating on Independence Day, this special period of prayer, study, catechesis, and public action will emphasize both our Christian and American heritage of liberty. Dioceses and parishes around the country have scheduled special events that support a great national campaign of teaching and witness for religious liberty.
The Fortnight for Freedom is a powerful nationwide campaign launched by our Catholic Bishops. They are asking you and me to pray, study and engage in civil and responsible public action. The Fortnight is in direct response to the notorious HHS mandate that would compel all Catholic hospitals, charities and schools — and all private businesses — to provide health services in direct contradiction to Church teaching on human life.
As Archbishop Dolan of New York powerfully stated: “Religious freedom is under attack, and we will not cease [in] our struggle to protect it.”
Mark your calendars and spread the word: U.S. bishops have called for “A Fortnight for Freedom.” This two-week period of prayer from June 21 to July 4 will begin with the feasts of St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher and end with Independence Day.
The purpose is to focus “all the energies the Catholic community can muster” for religious liberty. They also asked that, later in the year, the feast of Christ the King be “a day specifically employed by bishops and priests to preach about religious liberty, both here and abroad.”
More info can be found on the USCCB website.
“Constitution 101: The Meaning and History of the Constitution” is a free 10-week online course presented by Hillsdale College.
Constitution 101 closely follows the one-semester course required of all Hillsdale College undergraduate students. Approximately 40 minutes in length, lectures are pre-recorded and available to view online at your convenience. Lectures and other study materials are released by noon each Monday.
For details, and to register, visit Hillsdale College.
The civil and religious freedoms of all Americans are under attack.
WHEREAS it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favour; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a DAY OF PUBLICK THANSGIVING and PRAYER, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”
NOW THEREFORE, I do recommend and assign THURSDAY, the TWENTY-SIXTH DAY of NOVEMBER next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed;– for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish Constitutions of government for our sasety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted;– for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge;– and, in general, for all the great and various favours which He has been pleased to confer upon us.
And also, that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions;– to enable us all, whether in publick or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us); and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.
GIVEN under my hand, at the city of New-York, the third day of October, in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine.
“If My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
– 2 Chronicles 7:14
From the Knights of Divine Mercy:
This email came today:
Once again, AFA is joining the National Day of Prayer Task Force for the 60th annual observance of the National Day of Prayer this Thursday, May 5, 2011, where you and I join with government leaders and people in communities all around the country to lift our needs and concerns for America before the Lord.
Now more than ever before, it is imperative that we as God’s people remain on our knees for our nation and fellow citizens. The critical challenges facing the United States and the culture at large call for faithful, persevering intercession – not only on the National Day of Prayer, but throughout the year.
Visit www.NationalDayofPrayer.org to find an event in your area, or to learn more about National Day of Prayer.
How about your homeschool students?
Phyllis Schlafly’s January Education Reporter arrived today and I wanted to share this blurb:
Bill of Rights Day is scheduled for December 15, 2011. You’ll find everything you need to get prepared at the above links. Both sites offer a host of good resources that can easily be used in your homeschool.
Celebrate Bill of Rights Day on December 15, 2011
In 2001, President George W. Bush signed the very first presidential proclamation calling for World Freedom Day. WFD commemorates the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of communism in central and eastern Europe.
Though it is signed each year, little or no media attention is given to World Freedom Day.
Be sure to celebrate today, and give thanks for the many freedoms you enjoy.
From the Daily Policy Digest of the National Center for Policy Analysis:
This year will mark the 9th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Project 2,996 is a tribute to the victims of 9/11.
This year, the project has changed slightly in that the focus is now on making sure that each name on the list has at least one active tribute still on the web. Those names without tributes will be assigned to new volunteers.
Homeschool Goodies has two active tributes:
This is a great back-to-school project for students and parents alike. For details on how you can participate, visit Project 2,996 and spread the word.
We will never forget!