Nothing original today. Instead, I thought I would share Fr. Jim Martin’s Election Day prayer:
God, I know that I don’t have to get angry.I don’t have to get worked up.I don’t have to get depressed.I just have to use my conscience and vote.So help me to rememberwhat Jesus taught in the Gospels,and what our church teaches,especially about the unborn, the poor,the refugee, the migrant,the sick, the homeless,the disabled, the hungry,the elderly and the lonely.Help me to remember the “least” among us,and help me ponder in my hearthow to cast my vote for the good of all.God, I know that no candidate is perfect,because I’m not perfect either,the last time I checked.So free me of the burden of having tovote for someone who satisfiesall my desires for a candidate.My candidate will be imperfect,like me.Help me to be grateful for the ability to vote,because not everyone has that privilege.Help me to be at peace after I vote, too.And when I meet people voting for someone else,Help me to take a deep breath andgive them the benefit of the doubt,because they are following their consciences, too.Help me to rememberthat even though they sometimes drive me nuts,I don’t have to argue with them,I don’t have to convince them,I don’t have to hate them,And I don’t have to demonize them.Then, after the election, help me work for unity.Because I know that’s what you want.Amen.
Let us all pray on this election day for healing of our divisions and for peace in our hearts and in our world.