Monday, November 03, 2008

A prayer for the election

Those of us who claim to follow Jesus of Nazareth and who claim that He is the God-man, the incarnate Second Person of the Holy Trinity, know that we are called by Jesus to submit our entire lives to Him. As citizens of a democratic republic, we have the responsibility to exercise our sovereign franchise and choose those who will decide the policies carried out in our name.

In order to reconcile those two identities, and to follow Christ's command to "render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's and unto God that which is God's," it is appropriate to ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit as we enter the voting booth tomorrow:

Lord God, as the election approaches, we seek to better understand the issues and concerns that confront our city, state, and country, and how the Gospel compels us to respond as faithful citizens in our community.

We ask for eyes that are free from blindness so that we might see each other as brothers and sisters, one and equal in dignity, especially those who are victims of abuse and violence, deceit and poverty.

We ask for ears that will hear the cries of children unborn and those abandoned,
men and women oppressed because of race or creed, religion or gender.

We ask for minds and hearts that are open to hearing the voice of leaders who will bring us closer to your Kingdom.

We pray for discernment so that we may choose leaders who hear your Word, live your love, and keep in the ways of your truth as they follow in the steps of Jesus and his Apostles and guide us to your Kingdom of justice and peace.

We ask this in the name of your Son Jesus Christ and through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.


--Prayer by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2008

FEELING: Introspective
LISTENING TO: Election coverage

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