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Catholics urged to work for ‘holiness of freedom, freedom for holiness’

Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori delivered the homily at the opening Mass of the Fortnight for Freedom June 21 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore. Archbishop Lori is chairman of the bishops’ religious liberty committee.

BALTIMORE — When Henry VIII, as England's reigning monarch, was declared "a defender of the faith," the future "must have seemed so bright to Thomas More and John Fisher," Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori said in a homily June 21.

He described an England which "seemed to have been spared the painful divisions that racked the Catholic Church on the continent of Europe." Under Henry, he said, "monastic life and learning were flourishing" while "ordinary Catholics showed their love and loyalty to the Church."

FRENTE A LA CRUZ | En ejercicio de nuestra libertad, ¿escogeremos la vida o la muerte?

Un paracaidista salta de un avión y se precipita hacia la tierra. Puede ejercer su libertad en dos formas: Tirar del cordón y abrir el paracaídas, o no hacerlo. Cualquiera de las dos decisiones es su escogencia. Pero una lleva a la vida y la otra a la muerte.

BEFORE THE CROSS | In exercise of freedom, will we choose life, or death?

A skydiver leaps from a plane and speeds toward the ground. She can exercise her freedom in two ways: Pull the ripcord and open the parachute, or not. Either way it's her choice. But one choice leads to life and the other leads to death.

The same is true of the city of St. Louis declaring itself an abortion sanctuary and of states that are considering legalizing physician-assisted suicide. Like the skydiver, the primary question isn't whether they're free. The primary question is whether the choice leads to life or death.

POPE"S MESSAGE | Lent is time to relive Christ’s exodus from slavery to freedom

VATICAN CITY — Like the people of Israel freed from the bondage of slavery, Christians are called to experience the path toward hope and new life in the Lenten season, Pope Francis said.

Through His passion, death and resurrection, Jesus "has opened up for us a way that leads to a full, eternal and blessed life," the pope said at his weekly general audience March 1, Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent for Latin-rite Catholics.

"Lent lives within this dynamic: Christ precedes us with His exodus and we cross the desert, thanks to Him and behind Him," he said.

BRIMMING WITH HOPE | Freedom and faith-based education

As we prepare to celebrate the 240th birthday of our beloved United States of America, we also celebrate the Fortnight for Freedom from June 21-July 4, a time for us to promote the importance of religious liberty — our "first freedom."

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | God longs for us to acknowledge our sins, be open to His mercy

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

The readings for the Fourth Sunday of Lent celebrate God removing the oppression of sin from the hearts of His people.

In the first reading, the Lord tells Joshua, "Today I have removed the reproach of Egypt from you." At this time, the Israelites were no longer oppressed slaves. They could worship God freely and openly and enjoyed the dignity of raising their own food. It was a new start in a new land with new freedoms — free of the yoke of slavery.

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