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Pray for the canonization of JPII

God our Father, you reward all who believe in you. May your servant, John Paul our Pope, vicar of Peter and Shepherd of your Church, who faithfully administered the mysteries of your forgiveness and love on earth, rejoice with you for ever in heaven. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen!

We will never forget

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.

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Project 2,996
Remembering and Paying tribute to the victims of 9-11
Our tributes:
Hasmukhrai Chuckulal Parmar
Steven Paul Chucknick

Fortnight for Freedom — June 21 – July 4

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.

From CatholicVote.org:

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.”

A Fortnight for Freedom

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 — free online course from Hillsdale

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.

Stop the Birth Control Mandate

The civil and religious freedoms of all Americans are under attack.

Raymond Cardinal Burke, Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, encourages all Catholics to support St. Gianna Physician’s Guild and to sign the organization’s online petition:

I wholeheartedly express my solidarity with the Stop The Birth Control Mandate petition promoted by St. Gianna Physician’s Guild protesting the recent decree by the Department of Health and Human Services of our federal government. I encourage Catholics to sign the petition and thus unite their support of Holy Mother Church by protesting the most grievous violation of the right to religious liberty for Catholics in the United States.

Washington’s 1789 Thanksgiving Day Proclamation

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:”

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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.

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Links of the month — 4th of July

Let’s get patriotic!

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For the adults:

    What’s Right With America

    My top ten list of patriotic movies.

For the kids:

    Cut a five-pointed star in one snip. Even I had fun with this one!!

    American flag timeline from 1776 to 2010 with images and brief historical notes.

    Try this patriotic windsock. For a smaller variation, we have used toilet paper rolls and ribbons or crepe paper instead of the stiffer construction paper. Another variation is to add a pointed top to your windsock to turn it into a patriotic rocket.

Coloring pages:

    American flag

    Fireworks

    Revolutionary War

Have fun and Happy 4th!

2 Chronicles 7:14 Prayer Campaign for USA 

“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:

So many of us believe there is something distinctive about the days in which we are now living; that we are facing an end times “immortal combat.”  Now we see that the feasts to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary are aligning this year in an astounding way.

This is why we are asking you to choose this time to join a prayer army willing to pray any one or all of the following:

1) Sacred Hearts Novena from June 22 to June 30.
2) Nine First Fridays Devotion, July to March
3) Five First Saturdays Devotion, July to November

Prayer Intention: Strengthen our bishops and convert our hearts to You (remember family and friends here).

Get more information.

National Day of Prayer — May 5, 2011

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.

Are you up on your rights as an American citizen?

How about your homeschool students?

Phyllis Schlafly’s January Education Reporter arrived today and I wanted to share this blurb:

More than 40% of American adults surveyed believe that Karl Marx’s Communist slogan “from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs,” comes from one of America’s founding documents. The survey, sponsored by the Bill of Rights Institute, also found that 55% of adults think that “education” is a First Amendment right. The nonprofit said the survey results highlight the need for its campaign to educate Americans about the freedoms delineated in the first ten Constitutional Amendments. The group has launched Bill of Rights Day as part of the initiative.

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.

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Celebrate Bill of Rights Day on December 15, 2011
and help guarantee our freedoms endure!

It’s World Freedom Day!

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.

A Closer Look at Higher Education

From the Daily Policy Digest of the National Center for Policy Analysis:

A quick review of the facts reveals that American universities often deliver easy, biased or useless content — at great expense to students, parents and taxpayers, says the Pope Center for Higher Education.

University students learn less than many people think:

  • Only 29 percent of college graduates achieve a score of “proficient” on national literacy tests.
  • American colleges fail to significantly increase students’ civic knowledge; in a multiple-choice exam on America’s history and institutions, the average freshman scored 50.4 percent and the average senior scored 54.2 percent.
  • Today’s students study only 14 hours per week outside of classes, compared to 24 hours in 1961.

Universities are expensive for students, parents and taxpayers:

  • In 2008-2009, total federal, state and institutional aid to students totaled $168 billion.
  • States spend an average of $4.4 billion each per year on higher education.
  • In 2008, average debt of graduating seniors with student loans was $23,200 — up 24 percent from $18,650 in 2004.

A college degree is no guarantee of future success:

  • Twenty-nine percent of college grads work in high school-level jobs.
  • Twenty percent of individuals making less than $20,000 per year have a college degree.
  • After factoring in forgone wages and the cost of a college education, the average lifetime earnings advantage for college graduates ranges from $150,000 to $500,000 — not the million dollar figure that is often cited.

Many college professors teach one-sided courses:

  • In some university departments, the ratio of registered Democrats to Republicans is as high as 21.1 to 1.
  • In a survey at 50 selective colleges, 46 percent of students said that some professors use the classroom to present their personal political views.

Source: Jenna Ashley Robinson, “A Closer Look at Higher Education,” Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, October 27, 2010.

Project 2,996 — remembering the victims of 9-11

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Official Arms of Project 2,996

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!

Protect your parental rights

Sign this online petition to stop government takeover of the family by supporting Senate Resolution 519 (which opposes ratifying the UN’s Convention on the Rights of the Child) and the Parental Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. For details, visit Parentalrights.org.

National Moment of Remembrance

I spotted this at A Catholic Mom in Hawaii. Thanks, Esther!

The National Moment of Remembrance, established by Congress, asks Americans wherever they are at 3 p.m., local time, on Memorial Day to pause in an act of national unity (duration: one minute).The time 3 p.m. was chosen because it is the time when most Americans are enjoying their freedoms on the national holiday. The Moment does not replace traditional Memorial Day events; rather it is an act of national unity in which all Americans, alone or with family and friends, honor those who died for our freedom. It will help to reclaim Memorial Day as the sacred and noble holiday it was meant to be. In this shared remembrance, we connect as Americans.

Don’t miss the Live Countdown to the Moment!