A Post-Election Devotion

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director, Priests for Life

Scripture:

From Lamentations 3

19 I remember my affliction and my wandering,

the bitterness and the gall.

20 I well remember them,

and my soul is downcast within me.

21 Yet this I will call to mind

As my reason to have hope:

22 The favors of the Lord are not exhausted,

his mercies are not spent.

23 They are renewed each morning;

So great is his faithfulness.

24 I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion;

therefore I will wait for him.”

25 The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him,

to the one who seeks him;

26 it is good to wait quietly

for the saving help of the LORD.

 

Reflection:

In the 6th century before Christ, the Babylonians invaded and devastated the Holy City Jerusalem and the temple of the Lord. Jeremiah the prophet had foretold that this would happen, because of the sins of the people. The Book of Lamentations contains some of the most exquisite expressions of human grief, as the writer behold the destruction God allowed his people to experience.

 

But they were still his people, and his covenant was still valid. Hence the expression of hope stated above. And it is also a prophecy. God’s mercies are renewed “each morning,” for “Early in the morning, on the first day of the week, while it was still dark,” the women went to the tomb and found it empty! (cf. John 20:1).

 

Prayer:

Father of faithful mercies,

God of the Covenant and Lord of all hope,

Come, and save us!

 

Save us from the darkness that envelops us,

The shadow of death and falsehood across this land.

 

Enable us, O Lord, like your remnant from of old,

To grieve, but to grieve with hope;

To lament because of the darkness,

Yet to look forward with firm conviction to the light.

 

Lord, we again profess our faith

That your favors to your People are not exhausted

Your mercies to America are not spent.

They are indeed renewed each morning,

As we declare the mighty Resurrection of Jesus Christ your Son.

 

In him, all darkness gives way to light

All sin gives way to grace,

All falsehood gives way to truth,

And death itself is swallowed up in victory.

 

To him our hearts bow once again in humble adoration,

And before him all the kings of the earth must kneel,

All the powers of the earth must acknowledge his kingdom.

 

Hasten, O Lord, the full coming of your Kingdom,

A kingdom of truth and life,

A kingdom of holiness and grace,

A kingdom of justice, love, and peace.

 

Fill us today with that peace,

Which the world cannot give,

And which no setback or election can ever take away.

 

In the strength of that peace,

Grant that we may redouble our efforts

To announce and prepare for your Kingdom,

To defend the values and principles on which our nation was founded,

To build the culture of life,

And to invite all people to life eternal.

 

We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

One Response to “A Post-Election Devotion”

  1. Patrick A. Floriani says:

    (Please note: I composed the original version of “Shed Your Grace” in January of this year so we Americans could be guided as while campaigning and voting. Here is a revised version following the results of our election. This prayer is only a suggested method to seek grace from God. Non-Catholics are invited to call upon His help in their own way.)

    You are the sovereign monarch of all nations,
    Lord of lords Jesus Christ.
    Be with the President of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama,
    during his new term as our reelected leader.
    May Your powerful Spirit descend upon him and us
    so life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness
    coincide with our Father’s will.

    The malignant fallen angels—who consume their very selves
    in whispering doubts, shouting fears,
    and proclaiming fallacies as virtues—are unfettered.
    Please, Your Majesty, imprison these covert forces
    in America who can lead the Obama Administration and us to wrong.

    Convert, too, the continents whom You have forged.
    Make belligerence wither as the unfruitful fig tree.
    Make benevolence teem like the Apostles’ full nets.
    O Shepherd King, guard President Obama and all Your sheep
    including those who have not yet met You.
    Let the many inhabitants—their colors, their voices,
    their flavors of life—find freedomon Your fertile plateau of mutual respect,
    our only battlefield being where together with You as our Captain
    we fight him who hates us.

    Bless the American President.
    May he and his Administration choose to obey and enact laws
    with Your justice and mercy as the beacon.
    Stoke the republic’s centuries old inherent goodness,
    which You have kindled,
    emblazing it for service to others.

    Mary our Queen, you were immaculately conceived.
    Feed President Obama, his family and us your royal Son.
    May We desire the tranquility that only He can give.
    Blood of martyrs, blood of saints, sprinkle the Stars and Stripes
    with the Blood of the Standard—the Cross.
    Ask the Prince of Peace to be present
    among her executive, legislative and judicial branches
    of her local, state and federal governments.
    We hope, in turn, to be worthy to enter into His palace,
    her front gates never again to close because of His Highness’ Ransom.

    At that moment we will forever give thanks,
    for we will begin living in our true homeland,
    knowing it is our full independence day. Amen.

    Shed Your Grace II
    ©Patrick A. Floriani
    pajjf@yahoo.com
    November 2012

    Dedicated to those who believe in God-given goodness
    of America and the world

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