Friday, November 4, 2016

(179) Our Country Desperately Needs Prayer Before and After the Election -------- Knights of Columbus Urging Members, Their Families, and Everyone Else to Pray


This coming Tuesday November 8 may well be the most important election in our history and many consider the presidential election to be a choice between two evils.  Nevertheless, we must look at Church teaching to be our guide.  The United States Council of Catholic Bishops gives a very good general guide ( ).   

       The overriding issue is our duty to protect the right to life from conception to natural death and the dignity of the person.  Also key is which candidate would appoint pro-life judges to the Supreme Court who would interpret the Constitution as the original framers intended, NOT to rewrite the Constitution legislate from the bench.  

         Furthermore, the election of congressmen, governors, judges, and local officials are also important.  We need elected officials who seek public office to serve the people and seek the common good of all, NOT personal gain or perks from the office.

  Thus every voter needs wisdom and guidance from God to enlighten our votes.  We urgently need prayer. Thus the United States Bishops are appealing for prayer.  Below is the novena prayer in English and Spanish recommended by the Knights of Columbus.  It’s too late for a novena, but we can still pray a tridium (3 days of prayer) or whatever you can.

         On Monday November 7, the eve of the election starting at 7 pm, the knights of Council 3335 are sponsoring an all night adoration before the Blessed Sacrament at St. Louis Church in Gallipolis, Ohio to pray for our country, asking the Holy Spirit to give the voters wisdom in choosing their president, representatives, and judges at all levels.  

    After the election let us pray for unity among the people and reconciliation between the parties so that they stop the gridlock and the fighting and work together as much as possible for the common good, discarding their special interests.  Let's also pray that whoever wins moderate his or her more extreme positions, especially those that oppose Church teaching.  Often the great responsibility of the office causes one to grow and mellow.  Let us continue to pray for our new president because he or she will face many great problems and crises.  May God be with him or her. 
    Also below is a recommendation of mine to watch a shocking documentary on EWTN, the Catholic Television cable and satellite on Saul Alinsky, a diabolical influence on some political and church leaders today and in the past.  At least two prominent national figures are admirers of his.

      In sum vote and make it an intelligent, informed, and above all a prayerful vote.  

As the election nears, the Knights of Columbus is urging its members and other Catholic Americans to pray

The Immaculate Conception, the Patroness of the United States of America

The prayer will be in the form of a novena — nine consecutive days of prayer — and will run from Oct. 30 to the eve of the election on November 7.

The prayer is addressed to the Holy Trinity through the intercession of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, under her title of the Immaculate Conception.

Individuals, families, councils and parishes are all invited to participate. 

“The Church teaches that Catholics are called to form their consciences based on Church teaching and vote in accordance with that well-formed conscience,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. He added: “Pope Francis has said in reference to the U.S. election that we should ‘study the proposals well, pray and choose with your conscience,’ and this novena is designed to help Catholic Americans do that.”

NOTE:  It’s too late for a Novena, but we can make it a TRIDIUM (3 days).


Sunday, Oct. 30 – Monday, Nov. 7
in prayerful preparation for the election (Spanish is in the Appendix.)

Prayer to Mary, the Immaculate Conception,
Patroness of the United States

Most Holy Trinity: Our Father in Heaven,
who chose Mary as the fairest of your daughters;
Holy Spirit, who chose Mary as your Spouse;
God the Son, who chose Mary as your Mother,
in union with Mary we adore your majesty
and acknowledge your supreme, eternal dominion
and authority.

Most Holy Trinity,
we put the United States of America
into the hands of Mary Immaculate
in order that she may present the country to you.
Through her we wish to thank you
for the great resources of this land
and for the freedom which has been its heritage.

Through the intercession of Mary,
have mercy on the Catholic Church in America.
Grant us peace. Have mercy on our president
and on all the officers of our government.
Grant us a fruitful economy,
born of justice and charity.
Have mercy on capital and industry and labor.
Protect the family life of the nation.
Guard the precious gift of many religious vocations.
Through the intercession of our Mother,
have mercy on the sick, the tempted, sinners
– on all who are in need.

Mary, Immaculate Virgin, our Mother,
Patroness of our land, we praise you
and honor you and give ourselves to you.
Protect us from every harm. Pray for us,
that acting always according to your will
and the will of your divine Son,
we may live and die pleasing to God. Amen.

Imprimatur: +Patrick O’Boyle, Archbishop of Washington, May 8, 1959.
Mosaic of the Immaculate Conception © Basilica of the National Shrine
of the Immaculate Conception. Used with permission.

If you like the following or the Tridium, consider passing it on and putting it on Facebook.


          EWTN, the Catholic Channel on Cable and Satellite (Dish Ch 261 and on the internet at will be showing a shocking documentary on Saul Alinsky (1909 – 1972), the father of community organizing.  It shows his Marxist influenced methodology and how he has been able to influence liberals of today (including at least two very prominent national figures, one of whom started out as a community organizer and both are admirers of Alinsky) with secularist goals divorced from God.  They don’t call it Marxism, Communism, or even Socialism, but rather using the terms: liberal, progressive, and democratic.  The documentary shows Alinsky’s philosophy of the Machiavellian “The end justifies the means” including violence and deceit to achieve their goals even if they violate Christian morality, religious freedom, and human rights.  “You do what you can and then you clothe it in moral garments, pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it”.  It is very revealing on how liberals of today are so influenced by him.  He even had considerable success in influencing Catholic leaders, intellectuals, and even Bishops of the Church.  That’s one of the reasons that Vatican II was corrupted under the guise of “The Spirit of Vatican II” and people believed them without ever having read what is in the Vatican II documents.  Shocking are some of the quotes from his book “Rules for Radicals” and an interview with Playboy Magazine a few weeks before he died as saying that if there is an afterlife, he would choose hell because his kind of people are there and he would organize them.  See for yourself and decide whether the documentary is credible or simply propaganda.
          The well done documentary times are as follows:


Friday 11/04 at 1:00 PM ET and Sunday 11/06 at 2:30 PM ET on EWTN and on the internet at

          A look back on the life, ideals, and works of 1960s community activist, Saul Alinsky, through the lens of a Catholic perspective.

          The complete documentary is also available on  Simply click on


Oración a María, Inmaculada Concepción,
Patrona de los Estados Unidos

Santísima Trinidad: Padre Nuestro en el Cielo,
que elegiste a María como la más preciada de tus
hijas; Espíritu Santo, que la elegiste como tu
Esposa; Dios Hijo, que elegiste a María como tu
Madre; unidos a María adoramos tu majestad y
reconocemos tu señorío y autoridad supremos.

Santísima Trinidad, ponemos a los Estados
Unidos de Norteamérica en manos de María
Inmaculada para que ella te presente el país. Por
medio de ella queremos agradecerte por los
muchos recursos de esta tierra y por la libertad
que heredamos en ella.

Por la intercesión de María, ten piedad de la
Iglesia Católica en los Estados Unidos.
Concédenos la paz. Ten misericordia de nuestro
Presidente y todos los funcionarios de nuestro
gobierno. Danos una economía fructífera que
surja de la justicia y la caridad. Ten misericordia
del capital, la industria y el trabajo. Protege la
vida familiar de la nación. Protege el precioso
don de numerosas vocaciones religiosas. Por la
intercesión de nuestra Madre, ten misericordia
de los enfermos, los pobres, los pecadores y
quienes son tentados: de todos los necesitados.

María, Virgen Inmaculada, Madre nuestra, Patrona
de nuestra Tierra, te veneramos y honramos y nos
entregamos a ti. Protégenos de todo mal. Ruega
por nosotros, para que actuando siempre según tu
voluntad y la Voluntad de tu Divino Hijo, vivamos
y muramos agradando a Dios.


Imprimatur: +Patrick O’Boyle, Arzobispo de Washington, 8 de Mayo de 1959.
Mosaico de la Inmaculada Concepción © Basílica del Santuario Nacional de la Inmaculada
Concepción. Se utiliza con autorización.

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