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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Day after the Election

This is Tuesday afternoon and I am writing this blog for tomorrow without knowing for sure the results of the Election. I suspect we will know before going to bed tonight and I will add to this.

We are keeping someone in the Chapel all day praying for the elections. We just take turns every half hour and I am sure the prayer is helping our country and all those who are just voting today. I have been seeing people for the Busy Person's retreat plus my prayer/faith-sharing group today but signed for the 4:00 time. The polls on the East coast will be close to closing, I think. We are getting together in the Fireside room at 8:00 but the big TV is on all day in there so many are following hour by hour whatever the news can tell us.
Well, the election was a surprise for all of us, but now we must pray that Trump will work with everyone and help the economy, and do all he has promised for jobs and the economy, and that Congress will work for the common good and not continue to be divided.

Prayer After an Election

Gracious God, we ask for your wisdom and love to guide our newly-elected president and other civic officials and all public servants. 

May they lead us to work for greater justice and peace, and help us to better care for one another, especially our most vulnerable brothers and sisters, and for our common home on this planet. 

Heal our differences and unite us in our search for the common good. Make us faithful citizens of this nation, and, more importantly, of your heavenly kingdom.

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in us the fire of your love. Send forth your spirit and we shall be created, and you will renew the face of the earth.

[adapted from Daily Gospel Reflection from Notre Dame]

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