THE REMNANT posted: Rosary Crusade, Prayer by Archbishop Viganò for Reelection of Donald Trump

Dear readers, sometimes I propose to people, as a mind exercise, to try to imagine what goes through the mind of some during her first few minutes in Hell.

Think about that.

Now, as a mind exercise, sit down for 10 minutes with a pad of paper and a pencil.  Try to imagine what will happen to you and your loved ones, your city and your country, if the Left takes the White House in the November election.

Write it down.

Also consider what things will look like if the Left also takes takes the Senate and keeps control of the House.

Write it down.

Pin it up in a highly visible place in your dwelling and look at it daily.  It’s okay to take it down and revise it.


Now consider this.

From The Remnant:

Michael Matt, editor of The Remnant wrote:

I have asked Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò to lead us in this initiative by composing a special prayer to be said by the League of the Sacred Heart worldwide.

Prayer for a Resurgence of Christianity in America
and the Re-election of Donald Trump

Almighty and Eternal God, King of Kings and Lord of Lords: graciously turn your gaze to us who invoke You with confidence.

Bless us, citizens of the United States of America; grant peace and prosperity to our Nation; illuminate those who govern us so that they may commit themselves to the common good, in respect for Your holy Law.

Protect those who, defending the inviolable principles of the Natural Law and Your Commandments, must face the repeated assaults of the Enemy of the human race.

Keep in the hearts of Your children courage for the truth, love for virtue and perseverance in the midst of trials.

Make our families grow in the example that Our Lord has given us, together with His Most Holy Mother and Saint Joseph in the home of Nazareth; give to our fathers and mothers the gift of Strength, to educate wisely the children with which you have blessed them.

Give courage to those who, in spiritual combat, fight the good fight as soldiers of Christ against the furious forces of the children of darkness.

Keep each one of us, O Lord, in your Most Sacred Heart, and above all him whom Your Providence has placed at the head of our Nation.

Bless the President of the United States of America, so that aware of his responsibility and his duties, he may be a knight of justice, a defender of the oppressed, a firm bulwark against Your enemies, and a proud supporter of the children of light.

Place the United States of America and the whole world under the mantle of the Queen of Victories, our Unconquered Leader in battle, the Immaculate Conception. It is thanks to her, and through your Mercy, that the hymn of praise rises to you, O Lord, from the children whom you have redeemed in the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

I note that the Prayer, which is very good and which every person ought to be willing to pray right now, does not ask for the re-election of Pres. Trump.  It asks for him to be protected, to be aware of his duties, to be a bulwark against God’s enemies, defend the oppressed, be a supporter of the children of the light.  It asks the Blessed Virgin to protect these United States.  It asks the Most Sacred Heart of Our Lord to guide us.

There is no reason why even Catholics on the left wouldn’t be willing to pray this, unless they do not want any of those things for us and for this whole nation.  We all want peace, prosperity, wise governance, the common good, adherence to the Commandments, courage for the truth, love of virtue, healthy families (unless you adhere to Black Lives Matter, which in its manifesto states openly they want to destroy the nuclear family).

All decent, good Catholics want the things in that prayer.

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  1. Charivari Rob says:

    “the Prayer, … does not ask for the re-election of Pres. Trump.

    I’m thankful for small mercies.
    Strangely, though – Mr Matt or Archbishop Vigano or somebody titled it as asking exactly that.

  2. JustaSinner says:

    And Joe Biden’s Catholic….

  3. Ms. M-S says:

    Sometimes you have to look beyond the sheepskin and observe what that wolf disguised as a shepherd is doing to the sheep. Many politicians claim to be good Catholics and maybe they started out that way. All we have to go on is what they’ve voted for and what they currently support, but we do have to consider both those things because we’ll be collaterally responsible for what we enable them to do. God moves in mysterious ways, sometimes calling a prophet and sometimes sending a Constantine. Say the prayer.

  4. JonPatrick says:

    Although the prayer does not specifically ask for Trump’s re-election, it is very clear that the choice this November is between him with all his faults vs a nominal “Catholic” who supports every anti-life and anti-family policy of his party. That is the stark choice that we have.

  5. B says:

    I will not vote for Trump. I will also not vote for Biden.

    [That’s irresponsible.]

  6. surritter says:

    B –then you are either a Canadian citizen or you don’t care about the fate of the US.
    Sometimes we have to make choices that we don’t totally agree with, simply to avoid the total disaster that a Democrat victory would bring upon this country.

  7. B says:

    Surriter — Baloney! I plan to vote a straight Republican ticket but not vote for President. If Biden does happen to win a Republican controlled House and Senate but provide for a strong check/balance. As to Executive Orders, they are overdone and being used in a way that is an abuse of power anyhow and that whole thing needs to be rectified as a separate issue. I have no moral qualms over such a plan as it is a legitimate voting option. And the possibility of this occurring is higher than most people think as many of my conservative friends have said they won’t vote for Trump but will still go and vote and vote Republican.

  8. Chrisc says:

    I disagree. There may be many legitimate reasons for a faithful person to not vote for a certain candidate. They could be ineligible to vote or they could live in one of the 35 non-swing states. If you live in Washington state, perhaps your vote would do better to vote third party to reject the brokenness of the two party system.

  9. NOCatholic says:

    Regardless of who you plan to vote for in the Presidential election, the prayer helps fulfill our duty as Christians to pray for those in authority over us (see 1 Timothy 2:2).

    So why was this post headlined “for Reelection of Donald Trump,” when the prayer asks for no such thing?

    [READ the post.]

  10. TonyO says:

    I agree with NOCatholic: the prayer is titled oddly. Good prayer, though; thanks, Fr. Z, for posting it. I will add it to our family’s list.

    I sympathize with B about voting for Trump: his life displays him being a cad, a jerk, and an egotist. I think his primary tool for winning has been (a) to swallow enough media attention onto him by being remarkably odd/disruptive in everything he says, and (b) appealing to thoughtless me-first-ness in a large sector of voters.

    Nonetheless, he has over the past 3.5 years demonstrated far more willingness to be led toward acts of good governance – things that he DIDN’T have to do in order to appease his base – that (in my opinion) it is impossible to dismiss the possibility that in spite of his personal failings, he might actually be a decent president. For just two items: he has announced three national days of prayer, most recently as a response to the COVID crisis; and he has joined with the Right to Life march (rather than, like Bush, sending a representative and a messenger). Not to mention good Supreme Court choices. He has certainly been more successful as president than I ever expected. For instance, at the outset I gave him about a 25% chance of being tried for impeachment. But what I didn’t expect was that he would give the Dems no real basis for impeachment, (they couldn’t even manage to drum up a charge of an actual impeachable offense), such that their attempt would go down in flames as a laughable and foolish attempt that had enormous backlash on them.

    So, although I sympathize with “Never Trump” thinking, I don’t finally agree with it. Even if his past record didn’t justify voting for him the first time around, he should be looked at anew with his record of the last 4 years, and that record (in my estimation) does justify a vote for him. (And if you still can’t vote for him, you can vote for a third party candidate, like the Constitution party.)

  11. Bob says:

    Trump has many faults just as I have. His past is no worse than King David’s. This I know: Trump as been the greatest champion for the unborn than we’ve had in a long time, more so even than a majority of bishops. He has also championed the cause of religious freedom in our country and the world. Compared to Biden? Let’s not even go there…

  12. Bryan Baldwin says:

    “I will not vote for Trump. I will also not vote for Biden.”

    Before the last presidential election, I had determined to vote for the Constitution Party candidate both to register my distaste for the major-party candidates and to register my agreement with the C.P. platform. My pastor changed my mind, though, when he said, “We, as a nation will be forced to poison ourselves, and those who abstain or vote third-party are not going to be spared because they refused to participate.”

  13. Chris Garton-Zavesky says:

    It isn’t afraid of subordinate clauses, and it doesn’t “tell God something he already knows”, to borrow the expression of either Prince Charles or Pope Benedict.

    I appreciate the prayer — and the fact that it isn’t a partisan hack who has written it.

  14. Simon_GNR says:

    I like this part of the prayer:
    “Bless the President of the United States of America, so that aware of his responsibility and his duties, he may be a knight of justice, a defender of the oppressed, a firm bulwark against Your enemies, and a proud supporter of the children of light.”
    Who wouldn’t want the President of the USA to be blessed and to act in this way? It doesn’t specify which particular individual is the President is or who should be. If a woman were President would one pray for her to be a “knight” of justice? What would be the feminine equivalent?

    As a Catholic of Anglican (Church of England) heritage, I’m reminded of this passage in the General Intercession in the Holy Communion Service in the 1662 Book of Common Prayer:
    “We beseech thee also to save and defend all Christian Kings, Princes and Governors; and specially thy servant Elizabeth our Queen; that under her we may godly and quietly governed. And grant unto her whole Council, and to all that are put in authority under her, that they may truly and indifferently minister justice…” The reader should note that “indifferently” is used here in the old sense of “impartially” rather than its current one of apathetically or in mediocre fashion.

  15. tho says:

    The Never Trumpers are short sighted petulant dopes, who would dwell on St, Augustine’s early life, rather than his later accomplishments. To not approve of Trump’s early life, or his tweets is understandable, but to look at what the Democrats will do to our country, and our Catholic faith, should make everyone shudder. I will gladly vote for Trump, I feel that he genuinely loves America, and his recent record puts him in the category of a devout Christian.
    P.S. Just his standing up to China shows what courage he has.

  16. Bob says:

    The way I see, God gave us a gift of this country where we HAVE a voice in who we elect. Not everyone in the world has that privilege and have to suffer the consequences. I believe we have been given the gift of voting for the type of country we want or need and I believe that if we squander that vote we will answer for it in this world or the next. We have NO one to blame for what we get for a country. I did not nor am I voting for a saint. I am voting for a man I feel can lead our country back to the path it should be on because of his genuine love of the country.

    God has used many broken and fallen people in the Old and New Testament to do His will, whether it be the drunkard Noah who God considered a righteous man, King Cyrus the Persian king who not only allowed the Jews to return to their homeland and rebuild their temple but he paid for it, King David as I mentioned, was an adulterer who had Uriah, husband of Bathsheba murdered in order to steal his wife and marry her, St. Peter who denied Christ 3 times and STILL was our first Pope and I could go on and on. Trump? May God protect him from the evil that has manifested itself in our country and lead his heart to do God’s will for this country.

  17. Markus says:

    Interesting choice for a Catholic to vote this election year. When quoting the Declaration of Independence, during a speech earlier this year, professed Catholic candidate Biden said:

    “All men and women are created, by the, you know, you know the thing,”

    Perhaps it is not all that interesting.

  18. Antonin says:


    Not getting your logic? If you agree with the polices of the Republicans – why would you not want a president who can actually sign those into laws? Plus there is the issue of the judiciary.

    I am not in US so I am indifferent either way. But what happens in the US usually reverbates around the world.

    I tend to be on the left but I really don’t see that much daylight between the Dems and Republicans in areas I am interested in.

    And, I also think Trump has had more opposition by the press and outright distortions than any president I have ever seen. So if you follow the MSM you are not getting an accurate picture.

    But in general if you support the Republicans (basically) I don’t understand why you wouldn’t have to support Trump

  19. PostCatholic says:

    I wrote it down. The exercise has improved my mood.

  20. Semper Gumby says:

    God bless Archbishop Viganò and President Trump.

  21. The Cobbler says:


    After this election year, I wouldn’t count on there not being more swing states than before.

  22. The Cobbler says:


    I don’t know if you think the ways Trump is using executive orders is inherently wrong. But may I note that, in practice, restricting ourselves to only using those powers for X doesn’t stop our opponents from using them for more than X. Precedent is like gun control: only the precedent-abiding limit themselves to begin with, so you can’t use it to limit the non-precedent-abiding. And “progressive” by definition means non-precedent-abiding.

  23. grateful says:

    It took guts to transfer the capitol to Jerusalem
    It took guts to stand up for the sister of the poor.
    It took guts to stand up to N Korea and China.
    It took guts to endure the lies of the russian collusion.
    It took guts to stand up to the impeachment scam.
    Vigano sees through it all and sends Trump a letter.
    I heard there was a stone in the walled up door of the Vatican with Trumps name on it?
    It had something to do with the hermit of Loretto, I believe.
    Also, I read God had someone else in mind to lead our country, but he was aborted.
    Trump was his second choice.
    To get a truer view of the news, I watch Laura Ingraham.
    She is Catholic and shows both viewpoints.

  24. Semper Gumby says:

    A helpful book on this is “The Case for Trump” by Victor Davis Hanson, a classics professor and military historian.

  25. wmeyer says:

    Good citizens vote. Those who do not vote have no foundation from which to criticize the sitting President, who is no more perfect than the rest of us, but was willing to serve.
    A number of priests I know have observed that President Trump appears to be a man undergoing a conversion experience.
    He is worthy of praise for many things he has done. To blame him, however, for being unable to act as could a dictator is to speak in ignorance of the Constitution.
    A failure to take up your responsibility to vote is not only irresponsible, but intellectually lazy. It demonstrates a disregard for our republic, for our fellow citizens, and might well qualify as sinful — sloth and despair come to mind.

  26. Fallibilissimo says:

    I don’t see on what grounds you can say B’s decision is irresponsible. I would argue he should vote Trump, but based on his statement alone I think it’s not fair to say that.

  27. grateful says:

    Archbishop Fulton Sheen wrote, “The refusal to take sides on great moral issues is itself a decision. It is a silent acquiescence to evil. The Tragedy of our time is that those who still believe in honesty lack fire and conviction, while those who believe in dishonesty are full of passionate conviction.”

  28. Semper Gumby says:

    Here is a refresher of last month’s letter by Abp. Vigano to Pres. Trump. From Catholic Family News rather than the problematic Catholic news Agency:

  29. Charivari Rob says:

    The decision to vote for neither Biden nor Trump is not irresponsible and is not a refusal to “take a side” on a great moral issue.
    It is a refusal to accept a false binary premise.
    When the two “popular” alternatives are both unacceptable, choosing from the two for the sake of “taking a side” IS acquiescence to evil. [Meanwhile, true evil wins elections because the only side that offers realistic resistance is weakened by your defection.]

    I will vote for neither Biden nor Trump. (yes, it’s easier to say that in a state securely in one column or the other)
    I have a responsibility (among other responsibilities) to not commit evil or cooperate with evil.
    Biden and the Democratic Party platform are pro-abortion. That is evil. I cannot ignore it and will not cooperate with it.
    Since emerging as a contender and then being elected four years ago, Trump has done some evil things, as well as several notable failures and failings. Those things he has done that are evil, I cannot cooperate. Those things that might not be specifically evil on his part have still been damaging enough to our nation and to innocent people that it would be negligent evil on my part to ignore them. I cannot ignore the damage done so far nor the likelihood of continued, greater damage, and a couple of hopefully good Supreme Court appointments does not buy off such glaring problems.

    If we continue to docilely accept and affirm the false binary, then the odds are even greater that we will continue to be served bad choices in the next election and the next and the next…
    Only if we assert ourselves will we get better choices. If enough people refuse to accept the false binary (preferably by third-party or serious write-in votes) then maybe the major parties and candidates will realize they’re attracting a smaller and smaller percentage of the electorate and they would do well to get back in touch with the electorate.

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