Day 8: Interfaith Novena to Stop the HHS Mandate

Posted by Matt Yonke (March 21, 2012 at 7:48 am)

Candle-lit PrayerOnly two days until the Nationwide Rally for Religious Freedom and response has been huge!

The media is taking notice and over 130 cities have joined on. I’ve never seen resistance to a public policy like this!

As we finalize our plans for the Rally day, it’s crucial that we surround the Rally effort in prayer.

Please join us in praying day 8 of the Novena to Reverse the HHS Mandate.

Novena to Reverse HHS Mandate: Day 8

Your Son Jesus Christ has taught us
that those who mourn over their sins
and over the evils in the world
are blessed indeed, and will be comforted.

We come before You today
in that spirit of Christian mourning
over how far our nation’s policies
Have strayed from Your law
and from the respect for life and conscience
that every law should reflect.

In the power of Your Spirit,
our mourning does not make us weak,
but rather renews our strength
to work for change.

Enable us, then, to speak up
and educate our fellow citizens,
and to make our voices heard
to our elected officials.

Reverse the unjust policies
that have been forced upon us,
and restore our nation
to the principles of freedom and justice
upon which it was founded.

We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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5 Responses to “Day 8: Interfaith Novena to Stop the HHS Mandate”

  1. Colleen says:

    May God reward you for this beautiful and powerful Novena and all your efforts to bring Glory to God! Thank you!

    March 21st, 2012 at 10:33 am
  2. Sr. Karen-Therese says:

    I am very much concerned about this issue (and many other issues put forth by this administration) and I wish I could get involved, but… not all of us are physically able to get involved. I am not able to be transported to any location for any rally. Would there be any kind of “virtual rally” that the disabled could be a part of and show our support?

    March 21st, 2012 at 8:36 pm
  3. JCF says:

    “Interfaith Novena… Father, Your Son Jesus Christ”

    You have a very interesting definition of “Interfaith” (Something like Dominican Roman Catholics, Franciscan Roman Catholics, Jesuit Roman Catholics?)


    More to the point: the Affordable Care Act doesn’t “violate religious freedom” (anymore than the do the EXISTING laws of 28 states w/ similar provisions).

    What is being indicated TO ME, is that in your coalition I see a group of people dedicated to ***sectarian theocratic hegemony***, determined to violate MY RELIGIOUS FREEDOM to order my health care priorities, as *MY FAITH* teaches me.

    But since my (FYI, Christian) faith has different views than does yours, you have decided it’s illegitimate. You have decided that MY conscience is of no concern.

    What would Pope Leo XIII, so concerned w/ the rights of workers, make of your contention that employers should have ABSOLUTE control over the health care choices of their employees 24/7/365? What other areas should employers have absolute control over? My place of worship? For whom I’m able to vote? What rights will you leave me, except to bow before (your interpretation of) your god? (With you as your god’s, um, “Vicar”?)

    I will not surrender. I will support candidates who respect my FREEDOM—including the freedom from *anxiety* of lack of health care coverage, in all the areas that *I and my doctor* see fit.

    I will pray to God for your conversion from your profoundly misguided ideas, ideals and agenda. May God grant us ALL More Light!

    March 22nd, 2012 at 12:59 am
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  5. CCM says:

    To JCF,
    I agree that the emphasis on praying a novena (you’d have to be Catholic to even know what a novena is) makes it look as though this is primarily a Catholic effort, or solely a Catholic effort, but it is not. Christians of other flavors and non-Christians of various flavors are involved in this protest because they are concerned about the constititutional issues being raised by the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. I have seen posts here from several non-Catholics who support this effort and plan to attend rallies near them.
    The Affordable Care Act has numerous constitutional issues which were not clearly addressed when the act was passed. It was a commendable effort at health care reform, but many legal scholars are of the opinion that large parts of it will not stand up to court challenges, and other parts of it seem to be in violation of the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act, passed under President Clinton.
    This HHS mandate that so many Americans are protesting is only one of the more obvious problems with the law.

    March 22nd, 2012 at 5:57 pm