Amazing Victory Today, in God’s Amazing Timing!
There’s no doubt that faithful spiritual warriors have remained diligent in marching and praying out in front of Planned Parenthood for all these years since Roe v. Wade in 1973.
But, the call for spiritual warfare was ramped up in a momentous way in 2012. No longer a “grass roots” effort, as the bishops rose up, in consensus, to call the faithful to be united a very special prayer campaign.
As you may recall, the Obama Administration mandated, in August of 2011, that all employers cover birth control, allowing only a very narrow religious exception for a certain select group of conscientious objectors. This was so narrow a religious exception that even nuns didn’t qualify.
For the bishops, this was a “last straw.” This was when the call went out for a “Fortnight for Freedom.”
The Fortnight for Freedom is a campaign initiated by the Roman Catholic bishops of the United States. Events over the course of fourteen days from June 21 to July 4 each year, call upon Catholics to participate in a pledge to religious liberty and an appeal for the inclusion of a “conscience clause” for religious institutions and religious faithful to practice according to the moral tenets of one’s religious faith. More than 70 of the 195 dioceses in the U.S. scheduled events.
The “Fortnight for Freedom” campaign began on June 21, 2012 with a Mass at the Baltimore Basilica, chosen because Baltimore is the oldest diocese in the United States. It ended with a Mass held at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. (pictured in this article), on July 4, 2012, the Independence Day holiday.
I, actually, got a team together and we started with the scheduled Fortnight for Freedom, but then asked the faithful to join together in front our State Capitol in Madison, WI every Thursday evening for three Summers in a row. Over 200 would gather every Thursday night. It would be in that third Summer that the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby. Victory!
Since 2014, we have galvanized faithful prayer warriors to join in several prayer campaigns that, mostly, revolve around the extremely powerful 54 Day Rosary Novena.
In 2016, we formed a team and began planning for “Novena for Our Nation.” This was held from August 15 (Feast of Our Lady of the Assumption) to October 7 (Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary). Over 20,000 prayer warriors joined ranks from around the country.
The Novena for Our Nation campaign concluded with a “National Rosary Rally” in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington DC. Many miracles occurred during this campaign, but avoiding more of the radical secular agenda in the 2016 Presidential election was certainly an answer to our prayers, many believed.
We decided to continue this campaign in 2017, especially as we are celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady in Fatima, Portugal. The ranks of our Prayer Warriors rose to over 50,000!
Many of us have traveled to Washington DC today to get ready for this year’s National Rosary Rally tomorrow, October 7, the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary (Originally named “Our Lady of Victory” by Pope St. Pius V, after a miraculous sea battle victory in 1571 at Lepanto, which he attributed to the rosary).
So, here’s the “amazing part.” As we are arrived in our nation’s Capital, in the shadow of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (pictured in this article), where the Fortnight for Freedom was inaugurated, we learned that President Trump had overturned the Obama Contraceptive mandate. That’s the right … on the very eve of the National Rosary Rally on the Feast of Our Lady of Victory … victory is, indeed, granted to us by God, through the powerful intercession of Our Lady.
What began in Washington DC in 2012 has concluded in Washington DC in 2017, the year in which we celebrate the centennial of Our Lady of Fatima. WOW!!
This is “one” battle won. Many battles lie ahead. So, let’s advance with the “belief” that God is, indeed, the God of miracles!