Dear Parishioners and Visitors,
We are nine days away from the November 8th election. These past two years of campaigning has clearly demonstrated a denigration in basic common decency, vicious bullying, & mean-spirited personal attacks, with all of it leaving a smelly toxic atmosphere in society. If I were to offer a movie rating based on the content of the debates, the commentaries on TV & in other media, and the caustic nature of a too-corrosive presidential campaign, I would give it at least an "R" rating.
With the above in mind, and with the ever-appropriate call as Catholic faithful to beg the help we require in critical and momentous times as well as in the formation of our conscience, I am requesting that we, beginning on Monday, October 31, and lasting through election day, Tuesday, November 8, offer a Novena in prayer to God through the intercession of the Immaculate Conception that God's Holy Will be done in our voting and in this election. Our Holy Catholic Church is one of Life and Jesus Himself said, "I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life." (John 14:6a) The prayer I am recommending is the prayer of the Holy Rosary, which assists us in entering into the mysteries of the life-giving Incarnation.
Mary, Our Lady of the Rosary, was present to Saint Dominic, who founded our Order of Preachers, sharing with him these mysteries of Jesus Christ as both human and divine. She is our model of perfect discipleship. What I suggest is that when you/ we gather as family(ies) at a meal, or sitting together in the morning, afternoon, or evening, that we pray at least one decade of the rosary for a holy, just, and life-giving outcome in this election. Every day of the Novena, whether we pray as families or as individuals, it all will work for the greater glory of God and for the continuing formation of a healthy Catholic conscience, both personal and societal. In the Catholic Bishops' document "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship," is written: "The political realities of our nation present us with opportunities and challenges. We are a nation founded on life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,' but the right to life itself is not fully protected, especially for unborn children, the terminally ill, and the elderly, the most vulnerable members of the American family." During this Novena, I will be with each of you in prayer of the Holy Rosary in begging God's Holy Will through the aid of the Blessed Mother.
In God's loving kindness,
-fr. Chris, O.P.