On Day Ten!

In 9 more days: We will have a new President of the United States of America.

But on day 10:  Jesus is still King!

(Yippee!!)

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9 more days…

A novena (from Latin: Novem, meaning Nine) is an act of religious pious devotion originating in ancient Christianity, often consisting of private or public prayers repeated for nine successive days in belief of obtaining special intercessory graces. Novenas are most often prayed by members of the Roman Catholic Church, as well as by communicants of the Anglican Church, Eastern Orthodox Church and Lutheran Church. In addition, novenas have also been used in an ecumenical Christian context.

The prayers are often derived from devotional prayer books, or consist of the recitation of the rosary (a “rosary novena”), or of short prayers through the day. Novena prayers are customarily printed in small booklets, and the novena is often dedicated to a specific angel, saint, a specific Marian title of the Blessed Virgin Mary, or it invokes one of the personages of the Holy Trinity.

The practice of saying novenas is derived from Holy Scripture:

It is believed that the time between the ascension of the Lord Jesus and the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost was nine days. Acts 1:14 says that the disciples spent that time continuing “with one accord in prayer.”

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And so it is for the next 9 days, no matter what side of the aisle you sit,  we shall pray for our Nation…

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For your own personal copy of the Election Novena Prayers please click here.

Election Novena Prayers

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Day 1: St. Jude, Patron of impossible causes, join us in praying for this election and these intentions: [State your intentions here.]

Day 2: St. Frances Cabrini, you who tirelessly built the Kingdom of God in America, join us in praying for this election and these intentions: [State your intentions here.]

Day 3: St. Thomas More, martyred for your uncompromising faith, join us in praying for this election and these intentions: [State your intentions here.]

Day 4: St. Jose Sanchez del Rio, martyred for your child-like, yet fearless faith in Christ the King, join us in praying for this election and these intentions: [State your intentions here.]

Day 5: St. Kateri Tekakwitha, who fled to Canada in order to freely practice your faith, join us in praying for this election and these intentions: [State your intentions here.]

Day 6: St. Damien de Veuster of Molokai, selfless servant of the lepers of Hawaii, join us in praying for this election and these intentions: [State your intentions here.]

Day 7: St. John Neumann, Founder of the diocesan Catholic school system in America, join us in praying for this election and these intentions: [State your intentions here.]

Day 8: St. Rita, Patroness of hopeless causes, join us in praying for this election and these intentions: [State your intentions here.]

Day 9: Mother Mary, Patroness of the Americas, join us in praying for this election and these intentions: [State your intentions here.]

Daily Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Nothing can overcome your greatness. But we are weak and need a deeper gift of hope as we face worldly governments.

Help us remember that political power can never replace the mission of the Church to preach the Gospel to all nations.

Lord, we give you permission to form our consciences according to the Gospel so that we may both vote and act for the Kingdom of God.

As we wrestle with the complexity of political life, never let us forget the poor, the weak, the unborn, the refugee, the migrant, all those affected by war, those struggling financially and all those suffering from the failings of the political systems of this world.

Give us the courage to always be detached from our political loyalties and be first a faithful follower of Jesus, the true King. And when it comes time for us to contribute to the political realm help us to cast our vote in a way that is pleasing to You.

For these elections in our nations, O God, please bless us with the best rulers possible, in this fallen world, at all levels of government.

Finally, just as You brought our salvation from the horrible death of Your Son, we pray that from the political campaigns of this world, You will bring about great good for Your people.

Amen.

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Confused about voting?  Perhaps this Catholic Voter’s guide may help.

I have faithfully voted in every election, since turning of legal voting age (18 years old.)

I have always voted as a proud American.

Am I proud of this year’s election shenanigans?

Nope.

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And yet…

in 9 days I will still look forward to exercising my right to vote yet agian.

And this year, more than any other, I will be voting as a proud

Catholic American.

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(I wonder if there’s a box I can check for that?)

Giggles.

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Jesus, I trust in You.

Jesus is still King, no matter who is President of the United States of America!

Father Larry Richards

 

9 days filled with hugs n’ blessings (just for you,) as we take the time to pray together!

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” 

Joshua 1:9

 

 

Pass the road map, please! 

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I have discovered many things over the course of the past one & a half years.  About myself, about my family, about my friends, and most especially about my God.

I am grateful for each lesson.

I am proud of each person.

I am humbled by a Saviour who bends down toward us to say,

“I have walked where you are walking.  I too have been spit upon, mocked, ridiculed, shunned, and judged.  I too stood before them silently as they lied and the crowd jeered.  I too was misunderstood, defamed, and portrayed as the evil one.  And like you, I took the blows despite knowing the Truth.  All for one purpose.  To fulfill the Will of My Father.” 

Man says…

“Arrogance! Righteous!”

arrogance:  1.  making claims or pretensions to superior importance or rights; overbearingly assuming; insolently proud.   2.characterized by or proceeding from arrogance, or a sense of superiority, self-importance, or entitlement.

righteous:  having or characterized by a certainty, that one is totally correct or superior.

God teaches…

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”  St. Paul, Hebrews 11:1

confident assurance :  To declare ourselves a people of faith; to be a people who believe in Jesus and in His message; means taking a stand, making a decision. It means deciding that our inner support in life is the good news of the gospel and then acting on it.

Faith is an essential element of life and of living. It is the key to who we are as Christians. More than brains, beauty or brawn, it is faith that gives us drive and direction like the great people of faith St. Paul writes about in Hebrews, chapter eleven.

 

I cry out…

“I may not understand your plan Lord, but I do know it is Your Will that we serve you in this way.  Our family’s discernment to act in a way most pleasing to YOU, by sacrificing our defense over what other’s are professing, strengthens our Trust in You.  It would be so easy to share the information necessary to clear doubt, (as there are always two sides to a story.)  But we are accepting this cross you have asked us to carry in an effort to protect those who may be harmed.  Man may never understand but we Thank You for knowing what our hearts are truly made of.  We know that we will one day be judged accordingly. Lord, we continue to pray for those who persecute us; please watch over them, as well as those who may be partakers with them, and grant them our blessings.  And though we have fallen out of grace from a few, may we continue to earn the merits necessary to enter Your Heavenly Kingdom; for it is the only prize we seek to obtain.”  

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hugs n’ a promise of eternal blessings! 

(Psalms 62 & 63)

To My Friends: Love, by Gods definition never harms another & certainly doesn’t tear others down… I know what you say about hurting ourselves “by our silence” is true, because “if people are only hearing one side what else is there to go on?”  But this is by MAN’s standards & judgement.   By GOD’s standards may He be well pleased!😀 (And isn’t that the only thing that matters?😉) love you all!!!