Pastoral Messages from Fr. Rick 10-16-20

Fr. Rick’s Pastoral Messages 10-15-20

This prayer was passed along to us from the Salt Lake Diocese.  Please consider praying it daily.

Prayer Before an Election

– From Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers

Lord God, as the election approaches, we seek to better understand the issues and concerns that confront our 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.  Amen.

Following are some ongoing dialogues from reputable Catholic Sources which can help us be thoughtful Catholics in the Public Square:

Homosexuality and Holiness

Christopher Columbus and His Place in American History             Compare and Contrast with:

“Religion and Race” from the Initiative on Catholic Social Teaching and Public Life from Georgetown University.

Ongoing Series on the Intersection of Justice and Pregnancy from Notre Dame University