Since 1995, a big part of our mission at Faith & Action has been the judicial branch of government, beginning with the United States Supreme Court.
On Sunday, October 1st, I had the honor to once again be a part of the 65th Red Mass, which is attended by Supreme Court Justices, federal judges, magistrates, government officials, and many more who are involved within the United States Justice system. As a member of the John Carroll Society, I helped in the planning of the yearly ceremony, which is held at St. Matthews Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
This year’s Red Mass was attended by five Supreme Court Justices, including Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, Stephen Breyer and Samuel Alito. It was a blessing to be a part of the service and to be able to pray, not only for our Supreme Court Justices but for our entire judicial system – for all those who have a say in exacting justice in our nation.
The Justices sat – by seniority, as always – in the first two pews at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington as the Archbishop of Los Angeles, Jose Gomez, invoked God’s blessing on those responsible for the administration of justice.
I was struck, and pleased, that religious freedom was a dominant theme during the Archbishop’s homily. The distinguished crowd, which heard the Word of God and bowed in prayer, was told by Archbishop Gomez that “religious freedom is essential to America” because believers have led movements for justice and social change through America’s history – including movements for abolition, women’s suffrage, civil rights, farm workers, peace and the right to life.
The Supreme Court’s October 2017 term began Monday at 10 a.m. Please join us in praying for the Justices as they hear the cases that will come before them. We will make sure to bring you up-to-date news on Religious Freedom cases that come before the High Court.
Thank you for your prayers and financial support. Through your help and generosity, we can minister to and share the Gospel with our nation’s decision-makers.
On Behalf of the Faith & Action Ministry Team,
Mrs. Peggy Nienaber
Director of Operations
P.S. Please continue to pray for the victim’s families and the wounded in Las Vegas. They need our compassion, our care, and our prayers . . .