Salute and Appreciation to All Veterans!

Thank you to all veterans who served in any and all capacities to help keep the rest of the United States safe. I appreciate all that you have sacrificed so that I may enjoy the various freedoms of speech, association, and religion to name a few.

On behalf of the rest of the citizens of the United States, thank you again for your service and your family’s sacrifices as well. May God keep you safe and reward you generously! Saint Martin—patron saint of Soldier pray for us.

Dear well-beloved Saint,

you were first a soldier like your father.

Converted to the Church,

you became a soldier of Christ,

a priest and then a Bishop of Tours.

Lover of the poor,

and model for pagans and Christians alike,

protect our soldiers at all times.

Make them strong, just, and charitable,

always aiming at establishing peace on earth.

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Prayer Before an Election

I urge everyone to humbly pray for wisdom and discernment in voting for the candidates. Voting is a right and a privilege that cannot be taken lightly. Take a moment before entering the ballot box to ask for clarity of selection for the candidates who will best serve office and upholding the dignity of human life at all stages: from womb to tomb and every stage in between!

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.


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