I was going to post a book review tonight, but with the election tomorrow, I figure that it can wait a day or two. Election day is such an important day for our country. We are blessed to live in a country in which we can vote. We have a say, and it is our responsibility to make choices given the options given to us. I know I often feel as if I am choosing the lesser of two evils, but it is still so important to pray for discernment and to choose. As many have said recently in the face of all the campaign ads and political polls - Election day is the only poll that matters, so get out and vote.
Here is the Prayer for our Country that Archbishop Timothy Dolan offered for our country at the end of the Democratic National Convention. It seems like a good one for today:
With a “firm reliance on the protection of Divine
Providence,” let us close this convention by praying for this land that
we so cherish and love:
Let us Pray.
Almighty God, father of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, revealed to us so
powerfully in your Son, Jesus Christ, we thank you for showering your
blessings upon this our beloved nation. Bless all here present, and all
across this great land, who work hard for the day when a greater
portion of your justice, and a more ample measure of your care for the
poor and suffering, may prevail in these United States. Help us to see
that a society’s greatness is found above all in the respect it shows
for the weakest and neediest among us.
We beseech you, almighty God to shed your grace on this noble experiment
in ordered liberty, which began with the confident assertion of
inalienable rights bestowed upon us by you: life, liberty, and the
pursuit of happiness.
Thus do we praise you for the gift of life. Grant us the courage to
defend it, life, without which no other rights are secure. We ask your
benediction on those waiting to be born, that they may be welcomed and
protected. Strengthen our sick and our elders waiting to see your holy
face at life’s end, that they may be accompanied by true compassion and
cherished with the dignity due those who are infirm and fragile.
We praise and thank you for the gift of liberty. May this land of
the free never lack those brave enough to defend our basic freedoms.
Renew in all our people a profound respect for religious liberty: the
first, most cherished freedom bequeathed upon us at our Founding. May
our liberty be in harmony with truth; freedom ordered in goodness and
justice. Help us live our freedom in faith, hope, and love. Make us
ever-grateful for those who, for over two centuries, have given their
lives in freedom’s defense; we commend their noble souls to your eternal
care, as even now we beg the protection of your mighty arm upon our men
and women in uniform.
We praise and thank you for granting us the life and the liberty by
which we can pursue happiness. Show us anew that happiness is found
only in respecting the laws of nature and of nature’s God. Empower us
with your grace so that we might resist the temptation to replace the
moral law with idols of our own making, or to remake those institutions
you have given us for the nurturing of life and community. May we
welcome those who yearn to breathe free and to pursue happiness in this
land of freedom, adding their gifts to those whose families have lived
here for centuries.
We praise and thank you for the American genius of government of the
people, by the people and for the people. Oh God of wisdom, justice,
and might, we ask your guidance for those who govern us: President
Barack Obama, Vice President Joseph Biden, Congress, the Supreme Court,
and all those, including Governor Mitt Romney and Congressman Paul Ryan,
who seek to serve the common good by seeking public office. Make them
all worthy to serve you by serving our country. Help them remember that
the only just government is the government that serves its citizens
rather than itself. With your grace, may all Americans choose wisely as
we consider the future course of public policy.
And finally Lord, we beseech your benediction on all of us who depart
from here this evening, and on all those, in every land, who yearn to
conduct their lives in freedom and justice. We beg you to remember, as
we pledge to remember, those who are not free; those who suffer for
freedom’s cause; those who are poor, out of work, needy, sick, or alone;
those who are persecuted for their religious convictions, those still
ravaged by war.
And most of all, God Almighty, we thank you for the great gift of our beloved country.
For we are indeed “one nation under God,” and “in God we trust.”
So dear God, bless America. You who live and reign forever and ever.