Day 9: Interfaith Novena to Stop the HHS Mandate

Posted by Eric Scheidler (June 7, 2012 at 5:45 am)

CrucifixThe National Rally for Religious Freedom is TOMORROW and we’ve got 160 cities on board!

Prayer for the Rally effort and the defense of our religious freedom has never been more essential.

Please join in this final day of the Novena to Reverse the HHS Mandate—even if you haven’t joined in so far.

We’ve never seen the American people as fired up as they are about this Mandate.

Join us in praying the final day of this Novena.

Novena to Reverse HHS Mandate: Day 9

God of our Fathers,
we thank You for our nation,
founded by those who believed in Your Word
and came to this land as if out of the desert
to seek a place of freedom and rest.

We thank You for their conviction
that our rights come from You, our Creator,
and that government exists
to secure those rights,
and never to destroy or weaken them.

Now that we face unjust mandates
that call upon us to violate our conscience,
we pray for Your protection.
Keep us faithful to You in our every deed.

Grant that we may work for change
by being citizens who are active in the process
by which we elect our leaders.

Grant that by our efforts to educate and mobilize voters,
we may replace public officials who ignore Your law
with those who observe it faithfully.
Bless our nation’s upcoming elections.

As we rejoice that we are citizens of Your Kingdom,
so make us always faithful citizens on earth.

We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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12 Responses to “Day 9: Interfaith Novena to Stop the HHS Mandate”

  1. Tom Scott says:

    Your right to religious freedom does not allow you the right to impose your religious values and opinions on the citizens of this nation. You are the ones seeking to oppress others, claiming that your right to do so is based on your right to worship according to your own beliefs!

    June 7th, 2012 at 7:35 am
  2. Betsy says:

    We are not forcing anything on anyone, simply standing up for what we believe in. Our religion is being “attacked” so naturally we as Christians will defend our beliefs. Thank-you and God bless=)

    June 7th, 2012 at 9:05 am
  3. hexi says:

    A novena? How does this work? God is supposedly omnipotent and omniscient. If there was something he didn’t like, he’s already know about it and stop it, yes? We have God doing this repeatedly in the bible, ignoring free will completely, constantly interferign in human lives by his smiting and miracles. I wonder, what kind of god could kill a man who was only trying to keep his ark upright, drown the pharoah’s army, kill Saphira and Anais for lying about how much money they had to give, but can’t stop a priest from molesting a child?

    Is this god not omniscient? Does he needed to be reminded by humans? Are you assuming you need to tell him what to do and that he won’t do a “good” thing if not told?

    Now, I’m going to guess you will probably not let this post be seen and claim the wonderfully vague “misrepresentation”. Or perhaps you will decide this is a personal attack because I can point out problems in your religion and your hypocrisy when trying to claim that your religious freedom should be considered more important than mine. You wish to prevent other people from exercising their own religions by saying that your businesses will not equally support the health care of everyone. And the Catholic Church has not just stopped there. It has tried its best to restrict abortion and other contraceptive services for *everyone* by spending its money. It has tried to forbid the religious freedom of people who think homosexuals should be able to marry and has spend money on this; resources that could do some real good and that didn’t try to force your religion on others. Don’t try to hide behind “religous freedom” when you have no desire for it for anyone but yourselves.

    June 7th, 2012 at 9:56 am
  4. Guest says:

    These prayers are beautiful, thank you! 🙂

    June 7th, 2012 at 10:17 am
  5. Rosita Rodriguez says:

    GOD gave us his ten commandments because he is the creator and know what is best for us. He gives us freedom to choose to follow his commandmets and suffer the consequences for good or for bad. He is so merciful that is always leading us to follow him as the way, the truth,the life. THe freedom of religion is a right that needs to be protected like the right that you have to express your opinions by this means.God bless the freedom that will lead us back to our creator

    June 7th, 2012 at 12:04 pm
  6. Jeanne says:

    Thank you for leading us in prayer daily up to the time of the big Rally! Praise God always, and bless you for all of your good works to glorify His name.

    June 7th, 2012 at 12:47 pm
  7. Vladimir Sliva says:

    Beautiful prayer – we prayed it at work at our lunch time rosary in Naperville, Illinois today.
    Socialist ideologues can say anything they want, but I resist paying for immoral “care” for others that I do not use myself.

    June 7th, 2012 at 1:10 pm
  8. John Zang says:

    The desire for religious freedom simply protects the rights of those who choose to practice their faith in accordance with their religious beliefs without government intervention that prevents them from doing so. This in no way denies the rights of others who choose otherwise,as in receiving all the sevices provided by the HHS mandate for health care. There are a lot of accusations aimed at religious institutions that are simply untrue. Our country was founded on the principles of religious freedom, but unfortunately these rights are being challenged more than ever before.

    June 7th, 2012 at 1:34 pm
  9. Jose Luiz Belderrain says:

    Hexi has made a very good point that deserves a comprehensive (albeit short) answer. Indeed, God (whatever the religion one believes in) is almighty and knows everything, including ALL HUMAN FREE ACTIONS!!! That´s right: we are free, but even so God knows what I will do within the next 10 minutes, days, years,… For Him, there is neither past nor future, only an eternal present. His will is perfect and unchangeable, no one must or should tell Him what to do. Therefore, the tough question: why should we pray? Since we can´t change God´s will, we pray so that we may change our own will and do what is good. Our human life is like a character role we perform before an almighty Director, Who previously knows the full script, in its smallest details. One day, after we die, we will be accountable for our perfomance (= our whole life) before God. And then, only truth and justice will prevail, there will be no room for excuses.

    June 7th, 2012 at 3:48 pm
  10. Colleen Barry says:

    to hexi-If you really want to know how a novena works. Speak to a priest or other clergy and they will clear up your misunderatnding….Odd to ask a question and then admitting you don’t understand chatter through 3 paragraphs. Obviously you have no interest in learning how a novena works or would simply ask a person or clergy. I wouldn’t ask a professional how something works in their field, and then chatter about it on the basis of not knowing the answer.

    June 7th, 2012 at 4:35 pm
  11. Cynthia says:

    Thank you for this beautiful prayer. May our loving God be with us all.

    June 7th, 2012 at 11:35 pm
  12. Rick Butkowski says:

    Hey Hexi…By all means, if you don’t like the Catholic faith please don’t go to a Catholic Hospital: go to a government run hospital or other private hospital that will submit to the HHS mandate. Personally, I think the Catholic Church is being way too nice just suing the government. I think the archbishops need to take a non-compliance stand, since the Obamacare legislation is un-constitutional on so many levels. While 68% of the people did not support the bill in the first place, still Congress passed it without reading it. So where was the representation?

    June 8th, 2012 at 6:34 pm