Pastor’s Note: God Bless America
Tomorrow we will have a new president of the United States of America. As we all go out to vote today and await the results, I feel compelled to write something anticipating the need to heal the division that this whole election process has brought in our country. Never in the history of this country has the run-up to election day been so contentious and unpleasant. It has violated our common sense of dignity and indeed our good will at so many levels; it is hard to quantify or qualify.
Many of you have shared with me personally how difficult this election period has been for you. Most everyone feels rather repugnant about the antics in the process of getting to this point. However, we now need to put it behind us and pray and hope that the new president makes it their duty to unify our country and not to reinforce divisions. It ought to be our common prayer that our president sees as their role to serve “all the people” regardless of who elected them. This will be an important time for our country.
Yes, we will have a new president and no matter who wins we have to accept the people’s choice amongst the candidates presented. It is important for us to remain united as a country behind one leader. It is also important for us as Catholics to pray for the success of our new president and indeed it is probably more important than ever to ask the Lord to bless this person because they have a huge task before them. I offer a Celtic prayer for us to use that I adapted from St. Patrick’s breastplate:
We bind ourselves to God:
God’s strength to comfort us,
God’s might to up hold us,
God’s wisdom to guide us,
God’s eyes to look before us,
God’s ear to hear us,
God’s word to speak for us,
God’s hand to lead us,
God’s light to shine before us,
God shield to protect us,
God’s angels to save us,
From the snares of the Evil One,
From temptations to sin as a nation,
From all who wish us harm,
Both far and near,
Alone and with others,
God Bless America.