Every Friday, participants in the Bishops' Call to Prayer for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty receive a reminder to fast and abstain from meat on Fridays, along with an intention for that week plus a reflection and a tidbit of knowledge.
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This week's reflection: St. John the Baptist, whose birth we celebrated on Monday June 24, was a martyr for truth and justice, particularly the truth about marriage. He was put in jail, and ultimately executed, because he rebuked Herod for marrying his brother's wife, Herodias (see Mt 14:3-12 and Mk 6:17-29). St. John the Baptist's defense of marriage cost him his head.