Team Santorum supporters often ask me why I am never discouraged by the nonsense we see in politics today. My “secret” is no secret. The hope and joy that I have in God’s real presence in everything that we do prevents me from being discouraged the challenges I face in life, and certainly not just the political ones. Knowing that the Passionist Nuns, the beating heart of the Church, are praying for all of us, gives me constant assurance that no matter what happens, God is in charge.
God’s hand is in everything. As our candidate has said, we should be praying not only for him and for his family, but for all of the candidates and their families. We are all Americans, after all, and far more important than any election is our relationship with Him. Elections are, however, very important. Personally, I think Western Civilization depends on it now, more than ever. We have brothers and sisters being martyred in other countries. Let them be our example to be close to God in our hearts, no matter what.
Knowing, as I do, that the Passionist Nuns are praying for God’s hand to be in this election, I am always aware that this entire process is meaningless if we are not walking with God. It’s about every person doing their best to honor God and to turn our hearts to Him as we seek the best for America.
The Passionist Nuns are hosting Evenings of Eucharistic Prayer for our Nation.
During this election year we are going to host Evenings of Eucharistic Prayer for our Nation. We sure hope you can join us.
Each evening will consist of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Rosary, Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Intercessions, Scripture Readings, Sermon by a Father of Mercy, Renewal of Consecration of our Nation to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary and close with Solemn Benediction.
If you are within driving distance of St. Joseph Monastery, please join them, and pray for ALL the candidates. Of course, you can also do as I do and that is to unite with them in prayer from your own home.
This prayer for the help of St. Joan of Arc, patroness of those who are ridiculed for piety, is also helpful for Christians involved in politics today.
In the face of your enemies, in the face of harassment, ridicule, and doubt, you held firm in your faith. Even in your abandonment, alone and without friends, you held firm in your faith. Even as you faced your own mortality, you held firm in your faith. I pray that I may be as bold in my beliefs as you, St. Joan. I ask that you ride alongside me in my own battles. Help me be mindful that what is worthwhile can be won when I persist. Help me hold firm in my faith. Help me believe in my ability to act well and wisely. Amen.