And so it begins!

…or is it "and so it ends"?

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  1. In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit ..Amen

    Dear Lord Jesus, you promised us that every time we held up Your Agonizing Crucifix against evil, you would open Heaven and pour out your Precious Blood to subdue that evil. We come before You to plead with You for our country. We are on the verge of a critical election that will reshape all that we hold sacred, all that we hold dear. We are too small in number and strength to fight this battle alone, we need Your help.

    So we come to You, Our Savior and Lord, with great confidence in Your love and mercy, and beg you to help us and save our country from the evil that threatens to destroy us. You are Almighty, You can do anything. We plead with You to open Heaven and send out your angels to touch the hearts of all and turn their hearts back to You. Let them see the candidates for who they truly are and we plead with you to convict the consciences of all people. Give us a ruler after Your own Heart, that we may have a long and peaceful life upon our land.

    We beg this grace of You in union with the Sorrowful Heart of Your Mother at the foot of the Cross; the tears, pleadings and sufferings of the 54 million aborted babies; and in union with all the Masses and prayers, sacrifices, joys and sufferings of all the angels and saints of Heaven, the poor souls in Purgatory and all the just on the face of the earth from the beginning of time until You come again. Amen.

    In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit..Amen

    Association of the Precious Blood
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    Tallahassee, FL 32317-5851
    Phone: (850) 577-0607
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  2. Nick says:

    I pray and I hope God sends His Spirit into the hearts of all nations.

  3. Chris says:

    And Obama through ACORN may be getting help from the Catholic Church. This is why I have never and will never give a dime in a second collection:

  4. JohnE says:

    Some of God’s greatest work is in the face of evil. Lord, how big will you let the monster get before you slay it?

  5. brendon says:

    Someone asked me why we vote on a Tuesday. After some reflection, I have come to believe that we vote on a Tuesday because the divine hand of providence has seen fit to have us vote on a day when the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary are prayed. I would humbly offer that everyone pray them today and ask our Lord, for the sake of His sorrowful Passion, to have mercy on us and on the whole world.

  6. Trevor says:

    Either way, God will have willed it.

  7. Lee says:

    Either way, God will have willed it? That lets us all of the hook, denies our free will and relieves us of all responsibility, doesn’t it? Rather too convenient, if you ask me, which you didn’t, but I’m saying it anyway.

    The Catholic Church teaches that we have to co-operate with God’s plan and His grace and that we will be held accountable for our actions (or lack thereof).

    So…does it sound like God says: Oh, don’t worry about it, either way, I willed it.” Does it?

  8. RBrown says:

    Either way, God will have willed it.
    Comment by Trevor

    Of course, there is the concept of God’s permissive will, by which he permits evil to happen.

  9. RBrown says:

    The Catholic Church teaches that we have to co-operate with God’s plan and His grace and that we will be held accountable for our actions (or lack thereof).
    Comment by Lee

    Yes, we do have to cooperate with God’s Will. And how is that possible? By the supernatural gift of Cooperating Grace.

  10. As it pertains to the CCHD, clearly the right hand does not know what the LEFT hand is doing.

    Weeds and wheat…weeds and wheat.

    God bless,

    Fr. Deacon Daniel

  11. Will says:

    I think it is worth praying Abp. Carroll’s “Prayer for Government” today.

    Prayer for Government

    We pray, Thee O Almighty and Eternal God! Who through Jesus Christ hast revealed Thy glory to all nations, to preserve the works of Thy mercy, that Thy Church, being spread through the whole world, may continue with unchanging faith in the confession of Thy Name.

    We pray Thee, who alone art good and holy, to endow with heavenly knowledge, sincere zeal, and sanctity of life, our chief bishop, Pope N., the Vicar of Our Lord Jesus Christ, in the government of his Church; our own bishop, N., all other bishops, prelates, and pastors of the Church; and especially those who are appointed to exercise amongst us the functions of the holy ministry, and conduct Thy people into the ways of salvation.

    We pray Thee O God of might, wisdom, and justice! Through whom authority is rightly administered, laws are enacted, and judgment decreed, assist with Thy Holy Spirit of counsel and fortitude the President of these United States, that his administration may be conducted in righteousness, and be eminently useful to Thy people over whom he presides; by encouraging due respect for virtue and religion; by a faithful execution of the laws in justice and mercy; and by restraining vice and immorality. Let the light of Thy divine wisdom direct the deliberations of Congress, and shine forth in all the proceedings and laws framed for our rule and government, so that they may tend to the preservation of peace, the promotion of national happiness, the increase of industry, sobriety, and useful knowledge; and may perpetuate to us the blessing of equal liberty.

    We pray for his excellency, the governor of this state, for the members of the assembly, for all judges, magistrates, and other officers who are appointed to guard our political welfare, that they may be enabled, by Thy powerful protection, to discharge the duties of their respective stations with honesty and ability.

    We recommend likewise, to Thy unbounded mercy, all our brethren and fellow citizens throughout the United States, that they may be blessed in the knowledge and sanctified in the observance of Thy most holy law; that they may be preserved in union, and in that peace which the world cannot give; and after enjoying the blessings of this life, be admitted to those which are eternal.

    Finally, we pray to Thee, O Lord of mercy, to remember the souls of Thy servants departed who are gone before us with the sign of faith and repose in the sleep of peace; the souls of our parents, relatives, and friends; of those who, when living, were members of this congregation, and particularly of such as are lately deceased; of all benefactors who, by their donations or legacies to this Church, witnessed their zeal for the decency of divine worship and proved their claim to our grateful and charitable remembrance. To these, O Lord, and to all that rest in Christ, grant, we beseech Thee, a place of refreshment, light, and everlasting peace, through the same Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior. Amen.

  12. JML says:

    How do you say (write) “I voted” in Latin?

  13. Mike B. says:

    Vote your conscience today. What a precious gift to be able to do so.


  14. SC says:

    I humbly agree with Trevor. That is the simple truth. St. Padre Pio left his convent for one thing…to vote! Let us do our part and trust in our Savior whatever the outcome.

  15. Dr. Mel-South Carolina says:

    How do you say (write) “I voted” in Latin?

    Comment by JML — 4 November 2008

    Deferring to those more knowledgable, “suffragavi” should be the translation.

    Dr. Mel-South carolina

  16. If Obama should win, we need to double our efforts to pray for his conversion to the “right to life” before it becomes a “hate crime” to do so.

  17. Ygnacia says:

    I will be attending an EF Mass this afternoon, where my intentions will be for this election. May a true Culture of Life be born in this country. Our Lady of Victory, pray for us!

  18. athanasius says:

    I predict we will get Obama. A nation gets the leaders it deserves, and though we don’t need Obama, the immorality of our nation suggests we deserve him.

  19. Trevor says:


    I think you misunderstood my point. Whatever the outcome of the election, we shouldn’t fall victim to despair, since this is all in God’s plan.

    I said nothing about ceasing pro-life efforts. Nor did I say that Joe Voter would be free from culpability for his choice of action.

  20. Lee says:

    Point taken, Trevor. But God’s permitting evil is not the same as His willing it. He can make good come out of it, but not because He willed the evil to happen. That’s what I was addressing. To speak of His “permissive will” could lead some to think that you might be implying the God might have willed something evil.

    But then there is that other excellent point made by athanasius. Perhaps the U.S. did get the leader it deserved. The recent conversations I’ve had with pro-Obama supporters certainly seem to point in that direction, that they are getting who they deserve. And everyone of them is either misinformed about what the Church teaches, what the Bible says, or simply have no religion other than some nebulous “belief” in an amorphous “God” who has no place in their lives, their politics or their world. Oy, it’s enough to make my blood boil! (I’ll bet it would make St. Teresa’s blood boil too!)

    We, the faithful, must now become prayer warriors and pray like never before. And find a way to work with so much open opposition with fearless charity. I think much and deep prayer, reception of the Sacraments–and sacrifices, rosaries prayed and Holy Hours made for reparation for sins–must be the key to that. Lord, help us. Lord, have mercy.

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