We come together in prayer asking God’s wisdom and guidance to help all of us discern what is good, best and holy for our country.
This page is designed to help you reflect on the upcoming 2016 presidential election. May you find peace in your discernment. God bless you, and God bless America.
(From the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)
A Prayer Before an Election
Lord God, as the election approaches,
we seek to better understand the issues and concerns that confront our city/state/country,
and how the Gospel compels us to respond as faithful citizens in our community.
We ask for eyes that are free from blindness
so that we might see each other as brothers and sisters,
one and equal in dignity,
especially those who are victims of abuse and violence, deceit and poverty.
We ask for ears that will hear the cries of children unborn and those abandoned,
Men and women oppressed because of race or creed, religion or gender.
We ask for minds and hearts that are open to hearing the voice of leaders who will bring us closer to your Kingdom.
We pray for discernment
so that we may choose leaders who hear your Word,
live your love,
and keep in the ways of your truth
as they follow in the steps of Jesus and his Apostles
and guide us to your Kingdom of justice and peace.
We ask this in the name of your Son Jesus Christ and through the power of the Holy Spirit.
A Prayer of Blessing and Discernment
Lord God, please bless all those running for office in this November’s election.
Guide them, and all elected officials, so that they may lead us in building up a better country and world.
As I discern whom I should support,
help me to make a clear decision based on my informed conscience.
Let my words and actions towards those who may disagree with my political beliefs
be rooted in love, respect and peace.
Help me to build bridges and
not see people as just members of their political parties (or lack thereof).
Instead, help me to recognize them as my brothers and sisters in Christ.
In Your Holy Name, I pray.
“Provide wise, discerning, and reputable persons for each of your tribes, that I may appoint them as your leaders.” – Deuteronomy 1:13
“Finally, brothers, rejoice. Mend your ways, encourage one another, agree with one another, live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you.” – 2 Corinthians 13:11
“Finally, all of you, be of one mind, sympathetic, loving toward one another, compassionate, humble.” – 1 Peter 3:8
“First of all, then, I ask that supplications, prayers, petitions, and thanksgivings be offered for everyone, for kings and for all in authority, that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life in all devotion and dignity.” – 1 Timothy 2:1-2
June 19: No matter what party (or lack thereof) you are affiliated with, we are all brothers and sisters. Look beyond politics.
June 20: Let us pray that all candidates treat one another with respect and dignity.
June 21 We ask God to inspire all candidates to bring peace and compassion to our country and world.
June 22: May the Lord help our leaders grow in wisdom and foresight.
June 23: Immaculate Mary, patroness of the United States, help our leaders listen to Jesus’ call for peace.
June 24: May we all take some time to reflect on our roles as citizens. What am I doing? What can I do better?
June 25: “Our efforts must aim at restoring hope, righting wrongs, maintaining commitments, and thus promoting the well-being of individuals and of peoples.” – Pope Francis
June 26: “How can we live in harmony? First we need to know that we are all madly in love with the same God.” – St. Thomas Aquinas
June 27: A simple prayer with profound meaning: “Lord, open my heart and show me Your will.
June 28: May our leaders find ways to bring an end to war and violence, and promote peace and goodness for all people. We pray to the Lord.
June 29: May our leaders find ways to bring an end to war and violence, and promote peace and goodness for all people. We pray to the Lord.
June 30: “It is not violence that heals, but only justice. This must be the criterion of all political action in present-day conflicts.” – Pope Benedict XVI
July 1: “Patriotism is a virtue. And the highest responsibility of love of country is to vote.” – Timothy Cardinal Dolan
July 2: “If you want peace, work for justice.” – Pope Paul VI
July 3: “No one heals himself by wounding other.” – Saint Ambrose
July 4: “Peace is a mark of the Holy Spirit.” – Peter Kreeft
July 5: “The Church calls for a different kind of political engagement: one shaped by the moral convictions of well-formed consciences and focused on the dignity of every human being, the pursuit of the common good, and the protection of the weak and the vulnerable.” – Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship
July 6: Be the peace you wish to see in the world.
July 7: “We cherish true freedom, not as the license to do whatever we want, but the liberty to do what we ought.” – Timothy Cardinal Dolan
July 8: “The nation doesn’t simply need what we have. It needs what we are.” – St. Edith Stein
July 9: “After all, politics and economics are determined by the sense of values which underlies them.” – Archbishop Fulton Sheen
July 10: The common good is “the sum total of social conditions which allow people, either as groups or as individuals, to reach their fulfillment more fully and more easily” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1906).
July 11: “Our first and most cherished freedom is rooted in the very dignity of the human person.” – Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship
July 12: “Catholics immerse themselves in politics by offering the best of themselves so that the leader can govern.” –Pope Francis
July 13: “As citizens of the State, they are called to take part in public life in a personal capacity.”—Pope Benedict XVI (Deus Caritas Est)
July 14: “Political power, which is the natural and necessary link for ensuring the cohesion of the social body, must have as its aim the achievement of the common good. — Octogesima Adveniens
July 14: “Citizens should cultivate a generous and loyal spirit of patriotism, but without narrow-mindedness, so that they will always keep in mind the welfare of the entire human family which is formed into one by various kinds of links between races, peoples, and nations.” –Gaudium et Spes
July 15: “Every citizen also has the responsibility to work to secure justice and human rights through an organized social response.” –Economic Justice for All (USCCB)
July 16: “Not everyone is called to engage directly in political life. Society is also enriched by a countless array of organizations which work to promote the common good…” – Pope Francis
July 17: “The common good embraces the sum total of all those conditions of social life which enable individuals, families, and organizations to achieve complete and effective fulfillment.” — Pope John XXIII