A Prayer

O Father in Heaven,

Today we stand at a crossroads, and we ask humbly for Your guidance.  We pray for the graces to discern with open eyes and a clear understanding of Your intent for us this day.  Help us to be humble, to not let overweening pride or human ideology come between us and Your holy plan.  Let not our will, but Yours be done in this election, and provide us with the strength and courage to face the future regardless of the outcome.  Let the charity in our hearts never die; may our faith in You never wane; may our hope never extinguish.

O Lord, we know that all deeds are incorporated into Your plan, and that, because of our sins and hardness of heart, You have permitted us to see the fullness of evil that comes from our sins.  But You sent Your only Son, not to save us from cruel tyrany or restore earthly kingdoms, but to redeem our sins and open the way to the Kingdom of Heaven.  Yet we pray that You bless this nation and provide her citizens with the grace to follow You, no matter how difficult the adversity.  We ask that you bless our candidates for office, that they may be strengthened in faith, hope, and charity, prudence, temperance, fortitude, and justice.  We pray that they govern according to Your will, whether as president or simply as senator, representative, secretary, or clerk.

And we pray:

Our Father, who art in Heaven
Hallowed be Thy name
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done
On earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us,
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.

Amen

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