Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Let Religious Freedom Ring&Welcome&Q&A

Welcome new followers "RestlessHeart" and Nancy! Glad to have you here as we share our love for  that great sacrifice of praise which is the Liturgy of the Hours.  Feel free to ask questions or comment any time you like.

Here in the beautiful middle of nowhere (northwest Pennsylvania), we'll wind up the Fortnight for Freedom with an outdoor mass and blessing the new flagpole and flag in the churchyard.

Don't forget to tweet "Let Religious Freedom Ring!" at noon today.

Here is just one more article on this subject, which is notable for its calm logical explanation of the whole issue. Good to share with anyone you know who does not understand why the church is making such a fuss.

As I did the office of readings today, it occurred to me that I don't generally focus very well on its psalmody: I'm too anxious to get to the readings! (Bad girl, Daria!) Hence I often miss out on the consolations of these psalms, such as today's Psalm 18. Wow! What a fantastic hymn to God's power and protection in times of trouble. Very appropos to our current  fears for American conscience rights.

Enjoy your 4th, friends, whether its here in the USA with barbecue and fireworks, or in Australia, England, Japan, or somewhere else with your ordinary routine. Rejoice in the Lord always, and in the freedom of the children of God.


  1. Are the hymns required? I skip them.

    Happy Independence Day!

  2. Hymns are optional,particularly when you are by yourself, but very much encouraged when the Liturgical hours are recited in community. Just as it is strongly encouraged to sing or chant at least some of the psalms, canticles, or other elements when in a group.
    If you have a breviary that contains the traditional Roman breviary hymns (such as the Mundelein psalter), it is definitely worthwhile to at least recite these because they are beautiful poetically and doctrinally edifying.