*Note on Fasting: Because Friday is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, it is not appropriate to fast. However, we are continuing to join in prayer for the building up of a culture of life, marriage, and religious liberty.
Intention: As we celebrate Our Lady’s Assumption, may she help us defend religious liberty and human dignity.
Reflection: In our current domestic fight for religious liberty, including, for example, our struggles against the HHS contraception mandate, we regard certain violations of conscience as transgressions of civil rights. But the Church’s stance against being forced to provide contraception precedes the protection of rights of conscience in civil law; it lies in the rights given by God. The Church, in witnessing against contraception, defends the glory and dignity of the human body and proclaims the truth about human sexuality. Therefore, the Church, as Mother, speaks to the heart of each and every human person. May Our Lady help us to witness that in fighting for religious liberty, we are defending the glory and dignity of the human body.