Hudson & Fournier: Catholic Countdown to Election 2012, Day 37: Defend Life,Pray for the Faithful
target=_blank>Take a look at the special web set up for Catholic voters in Pennsylvania.
Imagine the impact if this particular Prayer for the Faithful was included in every Mass between now and Nov. 6! This prayer was sent by a friend who heard it prayed in the Diocese of Charleston, South Carolina a few weeks ago.
A Prayer for the Faithful
"Lord, we affirm the conviction that our rights come from You, Our Creator, and that government exists to protect those rights. Now that we face unjust mandates that call upon us to violate our conscience and threaten Your Church, we pray for Your intervention and guidance. Help us to reverse the unjust policies that are being forced upon us, and restore this nation to the principles of freedom and justice upon which it was founded. We pray to the Lord."
O'Brien even throws in a Nazi metaphor to describe Catholic obedience to Church teaching on life, marriage, and religious liberty. O'Brien opines: "On Election Day, Catholic voters won't walk in lockstep with bishops -- and a majority of Catholics think the bishops should stay out of politicking."
For O'Brien, the bishops are not "politicking" when they endorse entitlement programs, but they ARE when they defend innocent human life. Walking in "lockstep," applies only to those Catholics who take seriously the admonition of our Lord, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these" (Matthew 19:14).
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.
Keywords: Archbishop Gomez, Bishop Felipe Estevez, Moral coherence, unity of life, catholic vote, hispanic catholics, campaign 2012, Romney, Ryan, Obama, Biden, Deal W. Hudson, Deacon Keith Fournier
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