A Prayer for the United States

[Between paying attention to election coverage, grading some of 120 projects that were turned in this week by my juniors, voting, and my monthly visit this morning on Sacred Heart Radio, I was a bit too distracted to get up something for our Festival of Hope today.  Winners for the past 2 days will be up later today.  Another post, and another free book, tomorrow! 

In the meantime, let’s pray for our country today, this prayer that’s from my book Saints for Our Times: New Novenas and PrayersBrian Patrick at Sacred Heart’s Son Rise morning show included it in our conversation this morning.]

Almighty Father, bless the United States of America.

When we are at our best, we are a shining reminder and defender of the human dignity with which you have blessed every person. This American experiment has provided a extraordinary mantle of justice under which countless people have enjoyed the freedom to live out the rights and duties that come with our human dignity.

And yet we have failed and continue to fail at times to respect justice and human dignity. W ask your forgiveness for all of the ways, past and present, that we have ignored the value of human life; the sacredness of marriage, the family, and sexuality; the rights of all people of every race and religion; the responsibilities we all have toward the poor. Forgive us, Father, for the ways in which we have personally participated and allowed our consciences to be formed by these sins of our society.

Send your Spirit upon our nation, Father, to deepen and enrich our best instincts and most admirable traditions, and to cleanse us of our most selfish and sinful ways. May the Church in America flourish and grow strong in faith and love, making the Gospel of Christ known in our land.

St. Katherine Drexel, pray for us.

St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, pray for us.

St. Theodore Guerin, pray for us.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, pray for us.

St. John Neumann, pray for us.

St. Isaac Jogues, pray for us.

St. Rene Goupil, pray for us.

St. Frances Cabrini, pray for us.

Blessed Junipero Serra, pray for us.

Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, pray for us.

Blessed Damian the Leper, pray for us.

Blessed Marianne Cope, pray for us.

Blessed Francis Seelos, pray for us.

Blessed Carlos Rodriguez, pray for us.

Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, patroness of the United States, pray for us.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of America, pray for us.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.  Amen.

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