Right now it’s easy to get caught in the maelstrom of blog posts and news items regarding the Health and Human Services Mandate and all its implications.
In this critical time, we as Catholics and Americans have an obligation to support man’s fundamental rights both in word and deed. Lest we forget that we are called to be “Doers of the word, and not hearers only,” here are 3 simple ways to direct our concern over this matter of freedom:
1) Take action. St. Gianna Physician’s Guild, endorsed emphatically by Cardinal Burke, is sponsoring a petition to protest the HHS mandate. Sign the Stop the Birth Control Mandate petition here. Similarly, the National Committee for a Human Life Amendment has form letters for writing your US Representative and Senators.
2) Stay informed. The USCCB has issued a helpful news release entitled “Six Things Everyone Should Know about the HHS Mandate.” The bishops’ conference seems to be doing all it can to keep us updated with current information. CatholicVote.org generates up-to-date content and commentary as well, including today’s post by Thomas Peters, Memo to Obama: You’ve Got a Problem and his list of US bishops who have made public statements in response to the HHS mandate.
3) Pray and Fast. With Ash Wednesday just two weeks away, we American Catholics can use this season to repent of our own lukewarmness and our failure to evangelize the culture, to defend the Faith in the public sphere, and to have a passion for living in and sharing Truth.
Above all we need prayer to stay rooted in Christ our hope and our salvation. The challenges we face today may seem insurmountable, but the words of Scripture bolster us:
We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.–Romans 5:3-5
What are some other ways we can get involved?