Dear Family and Friends,
I feel compelled to write a few comments about the upcoming election. For those of you who don't already know how my mind works, this may come as a shock. My children won't be surprised at all! Over the years I have taken every opportunity to point out just how good Our God is!
Eight years ago the presidential election was "hanging by chads." During this time many people throughout the country, as well as myself, were praying for Divine intervention. There was an overwhelming feeling that we were in the middle of a spiritual battle. Two people in particular, Mr. and Mrs. Jeb Bush, decided to pray to Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of America . Our Lady of Guadalupe is also the patroness of the unborn, whose very lives were on the line with the outcome of the election. On December 8th (the feast of The Immaculate Conception of Our Lady) the Florida Supreme Court announced their decision to establish new standards for resolving presidential elections. Four days later on December 12th, the US Supreme Court in a 7 - 2 vote reversed the order stating that the Florida Supreme Court's order violated the US Constitution. By a 5 - 4 vote, the Court specified that a December 12 deadline for states to certify their winners, and that it was too late to allow any statewide recount to proceed. December 12th is the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Coincidence? I think not.
Spiritual battles take place on a daily basis, for sure. We must choose every moment of every day to pray through temptations or give in to them. Should I forgive the person who just cut me off? Should I allow my daughter to read a questionable book even if everyone else is reading it? Should I get up for early morning Mass? Should I make dinner when I am exhausted? Should I be joyful in the midst of frustrations? The spiritual battle taking place in our country is of a greater magnitude. This battle is for the morals of our country. I hear people say we shouldn't vote for one issue. Morality is the foundation on which this country stands, or falls. If you have respect for all human life from conception to natural death, the other important issues will fall into place.
Prior to the announcement of Gov. Palin as John McCain's running mate, I had a very heavy heart. I voiced my feelings of wanting to "move away to a small town, away from everything." After the announcement I must admit my first thought was, "but she has a baby at home." The more I watch and listen, the more I understand and am confident that she is not where she is because of anything other than God giving America a chance. He is giving us a chance to see that her baby with Down's Syndrome is precious, a human being that deserves to live. I used to see many Down's Syndrome children, but now there are few. What has happened over the last generation or two? This is not a disease that needs to be conquered. These babies are being aborted for want of "perfection." These are loving people who add more to society than any professional football player or Harvard graduate could ever do. We are blessed to have friends with a child with Down's and the time we can spend with him are some of the most joyful times we have together. Of course other babies are being aborted for mere convenience but Gov. Palin's choice for life will hopefully speak to the hearts of many people.
Although the battle may be tough, I feel a renewed hope. I believe God gave us a little sign that He is indeed in charge. Wednesday night, while watching the late night coverage of the Republican convention, I heard the Governor of Minnesota say, "Welcome to Pigs Eye Landing." He then explained that was what the area was called until Minnesota became a territory in 1849. The town's leadership incorporated the city's name as Saint Paul after the former St. Paul 's Chapel. Our Holy Father, Pope Benedict, has named this the Year of St. Paul. A year that Catholics are asked to study in more depth the writings of St. Paul . Coincidence? I think not. I think of it as a little "hug" from God.
St. Paul was a bold evangelist after his conversion. He did not back down on his faith. He did not back down when questioned about moral issues. He did not back down! If he were here today, he would be preaching for morality to be restored in this country! I ask you to join me in prayer for our country that through the intercession of St. Paul , America will boldly stand for the basic of all human rights, the right to life. Also, please call upon St. Michael and all the angels to protect all those who stand for this right, especially Sen McCain and Gov Palin.
I close with the words of St. Paul, "I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all , making my prayer with joy, thankful for your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure that He Who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ." 1Phil 1:3-6
Glorious St. Paul,
Most zealous Apostle,
Martyr for the love of Christ,
Give us a deep faith,
A steadfast hope,
A burning love for our Lord;
So that we can proclaim with you,
“It is no longer I who live, but Christ
who lives in me.”
Help us to become apostles
Serving the Church with a pure heart,
Witnesses to her truth and beauty
Amidst the darkness of our days.
With you we praise God our Father:
“To Him be the glory, in the Church
and in Christ, now and forever.”
St. Paul, please intercede for us and for
St. Michael the Archangel , defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray.
And do thou, O prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God,
thrust in hell, satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the
world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.