Not only of individuals, but of nations and governments.
Of being able to organize ourselves politically
And of knowing that political loyalty
Does not have to mean disloyalty to you.
Which our Founding Fathers acknowledged
And recognized as higher than any human law.
To exercise our solemn duty not only to vote,
But to influence countless others to vote,
And to vote correctly.
Let them realize that while politics is not their salvation,
Their response to you requires that they be politically active.
But rather a community of faith renewing the world.
Are the hands that pull the lever in the voting booth;
That the same eyes that read your Word
Are the eyes that read the names on the ballot,
And that they do not cease to be Christians
When they enter the voting booth.
To the sanctity of marriage and the family,
To the dignity of each individual human life,
And to the truth that human rights begin when human lives begin,
And not one moment later.
That we are citizens of your kingdom.
To being faithful citizens on earth.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Novena for Elections, Day Two
A Prayer for our Nation as we Prepare to Elect our Leaders
O God, we acknowledge you today as Lord,
We thank you for the privilege
We thank you for your law,
We thank you for the opportunity that this election year puts before us,
Lord, we pray that your people may be awakened.
Awaken your people to know that they are not called to be a sect fleeing the world
Awaken them that the same hands lifted up to you in prayer
Awaken your people to a commitment to justice
Lord, we rejoice today
May that make us all the more committed
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.