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With grateful hearts, we celebrate the close of the Fortnight, inspired to continue praying for religious liberty at home and abroad. In a speech given on the eve of the Fortnight, Pope Francis underlined that it is incomprehensible and troubling that people continue to suffer discrimination, restriction of their rights and even persecution for professing their faith. As we celebrate the close of the Fortnight, and honor our country’s freedom, let us continue to pray for an increasing respect for religious liberty at home and abroad. Reflection: The Fortnight for Freedom begins on June 21. Let us prepare for this powerful witness by asking the Holy Spirit for a fruitful time of renewal in our country to celebrate the values of life, marriage, and religious liberty. How will you serve during this year’s Fortnight? Intention: We pray that through their marriage, a husband and wife will reflect the love that God Himself is.
Indeed, God is a communion too: the three Persons of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit live eternally in perfect unity. Through their bodies, a husband and wife are able to express marital love. This unique expression would not be possible apart from their existence as male and female. The body, and it alone, is capable of making visible what is invisible: the spiritual and the divine.
In this way, the body is sacramental because a sacrament is a visible sign of an invisible reality. The second March for Marriage will be held in Washington, D. This year’s march will be an important opportunity to promote and defend the beauty of marriage as the unique two-in-one-flesh communion of husband and wife. Intention: May all who are suffering from the loss of a child through miscarriage find comfort in Christ’s embrace. Reflection: Miscarriage is a painful event for anyone to go through. It is often borne silently, without the benefit of support. Couples may keep the loss to themselves, leaving others unaware of their grief, or they may speak of it and find others unsure of how to respond.