"Responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation."
-- Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship
By our baptism, Catholics are committed to following Jesus Christ and to be "salt for the earth, light for the nations." As the Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us, "It is necessary that all participate, according to his position and role, in promoting the common good. This is inherent in the dignity of the human person ... As far as possible citizens should take an active part in public life" (nos. 1913-1915).
The Bishops of the United States have called for a time of prayer for our country, study, catechesis and public action to emphasize both our Christian and American heritage of liberty. The fourteen days from June 21 (the vigil of the Feasts of saint John Fisher and Saint Thomas More) to July 4 (Independence Day) are dedicated to this "fortnight for freedom" - a great hymn of prayer for our country. The liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power - Saint John Fisher, Saint Thomas More, Saint John the Baptist, Saints Peter and Paul, and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome.
To see the USCCB statement on Religious Liberty Our First, Most Cherished Liberty, daily reflections and prayers in English and Spanish visit the USCCB website.
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