Hope for a More Perfect Union

By Katie Beckmann Mahon, Communications Manager


This week’s “Embracing Faith” article will focus on Embracing Faith through Prayer.

"God’s mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning;

great is your faithfulness.” -Lamentations 3:22-23

Today, millions of Americans will exercise the civil duty to vote for national, statewide, and local candidates.

With all of the heartache that Americans experienced this year, we hope that our country can come together, reflect, and pray towards a more perfect union after this election passes.

The Sisters of Saint Dominic of Blauvelt, along with more than 175 congregations of women religious across the country, will participate in prayer vigils today.

In Blauvelt, we will be streaming two prayer services at 10:30 AM and 4:30 PM on our Facebook page that you can watch live.

The School Sisters of Notre Dame Central Pacific Province (SSNDCP) are also hosting a virtual prayer space, where people can watch here.

Along with these prayer opportunities, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) has provided an insightful reflection and prayer for contemplation.

LCWR Reflection:

Thank you for journeying with us through this election season. We hope these reflections and this time of contemplative dialogue have nourished our souls, stretched our minds, and opened our hearts. As we close our weeks-long exploration of the values that shape our democracy and the faith that guides our actions, we invite you to one more act of hope. On this election day 2020, let us pray for the soul of our nation and for the strength and courage to recommit our hearts and hands to building a perfect union.

LCWR Prayer:

Let us pray.

For the world and its leaders, may all those in authority

have the courage to walk the path of peace.

For our nation in this time of Election and transition,

may we be gifted with a spirit of reverence for what is

right, charity for those with whom we disagree, and concern for the common good.

For all who serve in our national and local governments,

may they commit themselves to building a more perfect union.

For reconciliation among families and friends,

may we learn to love each other not despite but because of our

differences and may we focus fully on the work that continues

beyond this Election--the work of building God’s beloved community.

For those most affected by the choices we make, those who are made poor,

those seeking safety in our land, those who are ill or without homes,

those without food or meaningful work, and for all whose lives are

undervalued, may they find welcome in our hearts and in our country.

Amen.

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