Prayer Campaign for Religious Freedom
“We go to Mary only as a way leading to the goal we seek: Jesus, her son.” —St. Louis Marie de Montfort
We hope to gather a million memorares for the intention of religious liberty and stronger Catholic identity in public life in the United States.
Make your pledge in the column to the right.
In Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Franics said that “religion cannot be relegated to the inner sanctum of personal life, without influence on societal and national life.”
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops exorted us to pray for Religious Freedom in our country: “We are Catholics. We are Americans. We are proud to be both, grateful for the gift of faith which is ours as Christian disciples, and grateful for the gift of liberty which is ours as American citizens. To be Catholic and American should not mean having to choose one over the other.”
Unfortunately, there is often a threat that we will have to choose.
Archbishop Joseph Nauman of Kansas City-Kansas has asked Stephen D. Minnis, president of Benedictine College, Kansas, to launch a national Memorare Army prayer campaign for religious liberty. Mother Teresa started the first Memorare Army in Calcutta, India, gathering pledges for 85,000 Memorares for her work, and we are proud to follow in her footsteps. Click here and here to see coverage of Benedictine College’s original Memorare Armies.
Please commit to saying 1,000 Memorares for religious liberty. This can be accomplished by praying three Memorares a day for a year, for example, or quicker if you pray more per day, or if your family joins you in this effort.
Can parishes and schools join? Definitely! Just sign up with the name of the institution. Here are some handouts you can use:
THE MEMORARE PRAYER
(From the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church)
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession, was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.