Sunday, October 25, 2020

Election Novena 2020

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As we draw nearer to the election I have noticed that tensions are running high on both sides of the political aisle.

It is important that we remember that no matter who wins, our loyalty is not to the princes of this world but to our God in Heaven.  We must also remember that we can do nothing good in this world without the grace of God.  If we truly believe that the political side we are on is the right one, then we must call down the grace of God to help us.

But more importantly, we must conform ourselves to God's will.  I already voted.  And while I have very strong political beliefs, I made sure to spend time in prayer and discernment.  My political convictions must not overrule my spiritual principles.  I must be obedient to God's will in all things, even at the ballot box.  If Christ really is Lord of my life, then I have to follow His guidance as I vote.

For what it is worth, my own view of presidential elections is not who is the best person to choose, but who will do the least amount of damage to our country.  It is a low bar, but I try not to "put my trust in princes."

America is the greatest country that the world has ever seen.  But we cannot be so without the grace of God.  We are ever in need of His providence.

The Knights of Columbus published a novena to Mary of the Immaculate Conception, the Patroness of our country a few years ago.  With Americans going to the polls and deciding our nation's course and destiny for the next four years, it is more important than ever to put that choice into the hands of our Lord and our Lady.

I will be praying this novena every day for the next 9 days up until the election.

God Bless America!

Prayer to Mary, the Immaculate Conception, Patroness of the United States

Most Holy Trinity: Our Father in Heaven, who chose Mary as the fairest of your daughters; Holy Spirit, who chose Mary as your Spouse; God the Son, who chose Mary as your Mother, in union with Mary we adore your majesty and acknowledge your supreme, eternal dominion and authority.
Most Holy Trinity, we put the United States of America into the hands of Mary Immaculate in order that she may present the country to you. Through her we wish to thank you for the great resources of this land and for the freedom which has been its heritage.
Through the intercession of Mary, have mercy on the Catholic Church in America. Grant us peace. Have mercy on our president and on all the officers of our government. Grant us a fruitful economy, born of justice and charity. Have mercy on capital and industry and labor. Protect the family life of the nation. Guard the precious gift of many religious vocations. Through the intercession of our Mother, have mercy on the sick, the tempted, sinners – on all who are in need.
Mary, Immaculate Virgin, our Mother, Patroness of our land, we praise you and honor you and give ourselves to you. Protect us from every harm. Pray for us,that acting always according to your will and the will of your divine Son, we may live and die pleasing to God.  Amen.

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