Prayer for the Electorate

Bishop David RickenRelevant Radio, which is headquartered in Green Bay, is a Catholic radio station reaching out to several listening areas in our country. On Sept. 14 they will begin a 54-day rosary praying for the electorate in the United States. Sept. 14 will be 54 days before the election and those who join in this prayer series, sometimes referred to as a "novena," commit themselves to pray for the electorate to choose good and moral leaders who will need to guide this country through very perilous times.

As we look at all of the challenges facing this country right now they are weighty and onerous. The loss of jobs over the past few years is causing grave difficulties for millions of Americans. Some of our own Catholic members have been gravely affected by this plight and have a very difficult task of providing food and shelter for their families.

Locked in Stalemate

Please join me and Relevant Radio for the next 54 days of praying one rosary per day for this great land, that we may elect good and moral leaders who will do what is necessary to bring this country to a new greatness for our children and grandchildren.

 

Our present government seems to be locked in a stalemate of inaction and accusation -- one party against another, Congress against the president, the president against Congress and on and on it goes. This will never solve the problems of this country, especially when the problems force the country to come closer to the brink of a fiscal and societal disaster. Division is rampant and the sense of being American, as we have known it, is rapidly becoming more and more confused and difficult to identify and grasp.

We are living in a day in this great country when fundamental principles of the Constitution are becoming more and more constricted and restrained and I am sure you are familiar with the infringement on religious liberty. This tendency, which is present on more than one level and in many venues within and outside government, will become more demanding and restrictive to the free exercise of religion.

Right to Life Still Denied

In this great country, which strives to give full voice to the voiceless and help to the helpless, the rights of the most innocent, voiceless and helpless, the unborn child in the womb are still being trampled on. The right to life and the right to become a citizen of this country are denied to those who cannot defend themselves. Yes, the pregnant mother has an absolute right to her own body, but she has an equal obligation of trust to care for the person within her and to bring that person to birth. The good news is that in Wisconsin, the abortion rate has been in serious decline, but in the rest of the country this is still nowhere near true.

The very definition of marriage is being challenged around the country. The definition of marriage as a union of a man and a woman for the sake of the procreation of children and the mutual benefit of the couple is being "redefined." You cannot define something by what it is not and then call it by the same name. Same-sex marriage is physically and essentially impossible. To enable this kind of "re-definition" will lead to further confusion and decline in our society.

Excercise Our Citizenship

Oh yes, we as an electorate should exercise our citizenship and our call as Catholics to faithful citizenship. First of all, pray mightily over the next 54 days for our country, for an end to the division and confusion, and for our country to return to true north and constitutional principles of thinking and acting. Please join me and Relevant Radio for the next 54 days of praying one rosary per day for this great land, that we may elect good and moral leaders who will do what is necessary to bring this country to a new greatness for our children and grandchildren. Peace and all good to each one of you.

(Reprinted from The Compass, official newspaper for the Diocese of Green Bay, September 14, 2012. CLICK HERE to go to The Compass website)