By Mariah O’Grady, Summer Intern
“[Religious] freedom remains one of America’s most precious possessions. And, as my brothers, the United States Bishops, have reminded us, all are called to be vigilant, precisely as good citizens, to preserve and defend that freedom from everything that would threaten or compromise it.” – Pope Francis
The Constitution of the United States of America protects the right to religious freedom. While Christians around the world are persecuted for their faith, Americans enjoy the freedom of being able to practice whatever they believe. As one Resident, Bob simply puts it in a way that so many of us can relate to, “I appreciate this freedom.”
But what really is this religious freedom? Our Resident, Ed, spoke well when he explained, “It [religious freedom] is our ability to enjoy God’s love without being harassed by others.”
Helen, another Resident, explained that although she grew up Catholic and has been happy living this faith throughout her life, she thinks it is great that this country offers the ability to choose what you want to believe in.
During Religious Freedom Week 2018, take some time to think about the immense gift of religious freedom from God we have in the United States and contemplate the ways in which we can be advocates in advancing this freedom both locally and abroad. God is calling us to realize and honor this gift. In the wise words of Ed describing God, “He’s our man.”
If you are interested in learning more information about Religious Freedom Week, check out the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop’s website for more resources and to find ways to get involved, click here>>.