The Importance of the Catholic Vote in the 2012 Election

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent. – Thomas Jefferson

Never has there been a more important election year for Catholics to “get out the vote.” As the most important voting bloc in the past ten presidential elections, it is imperative that we defend our religious liberty, not only for Catholics, but for all religious persuasions.  Loud and clear was the message from the White House earlier this year that freedom of conscience takes a back seat to government mandates if so deemed. Statism over adherence to our First Amendment rights  protected by the U.S. Constitution is the current order of the day under the Obama Administration.

 
Statistically, the Catholic vote has decided the winner nine times out of the past ten presidential elections. According to exit polls in 2008, Obama garnered the Catholic vote by 9% over Senator John McCain. We cannot let this happen again. At stake are not only issues of birth control and sterilization as mandated by the ACA, but also issues of abortion, school choice, same-sex marriage and free market capitalism. Catholic Reporter, Michael Sean Winters, interviewed by the the Wall Street Journal said, “there is no room in this great country of ours for the institutions our Church has built over the years to be Catholic in ways that are important to us.”  While Obama regularly claims possession of a strong stand on protecting religious freedom and freedom of speech, he refuses to recognize Catholic principles extend past the right to worship and assemble, and apply to every facet of our lives far beyond our places of worship.  These issues are, in fact, the very underpinnings of our faith.  The Church has always been vehemently clear on issues of  protecting life and procreation, and to require Catholic institutions to fund or provide for anything that goes against our moral thought and structure is clearly not in line with Obama’s claims to protect and defend all religions. As Catholics, the issues at stake are not gray zones adaptable by the coercion of those in current power. This is not negotiable.

Clearly, we are being pushed aside for an anti-freedom agenda pursued vigorously by the Obama Administration and evident in the 2012 Democrat platform.  Liberal Cardinal Roger Mahony urged on his blog, “this decision must be fought against with all the energies the Catholic Community can muster.”  These are not partisan issues, these are  issues of essential liberty, and as the decisive voting bloc we have the means at our disposal to save these liberties from the ash heap of the Obama agenda or harken back to a time in history when settlers left Europe seeking refuge from religious persecution.  It is clear that the Obama Administration chose to superciliously gamble with the Catholic vote in November by virtue of their refusal to exempt the Catholic Church from the ACA mandate.  This being the case, and should Obama be re-elected, where does it stop?  It is up to each of us to deliver Obama an overwhelming defeat on November 6.  We will not remain silent in favor of tyranny, but will make our voices heard at the ballot box.

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Election 2012- Novena for America

What is a novena?

In Roman Catholic tradition, a novena (Latin for “nine”)  is a series of prayers repeated vocally over the course of nine consecutive days. The number nine has classically been associated with sorrow in the Christian Church, and the first novena is believed to have been said by the Virgin Mary on behalf of her Son while He suffered on the cross.  Many also meditate using Rosary or Chaplet beads, but for this novena it is not necessary.

You do not have to be Catholic to pray this prayer, in fact many other Christian groups include novenas as part of their faith building, devotion and praise to God.  For Catholics, I will include the Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be to be prayed after the main prayer. (optional)

This novena is courtesy of Stand Up For Religious Freedom 

God of our Fathers,
we thank You for our nation,
founded by those who believed in Your Word
and came to this land as if out of the desert
to seek a place of freedom and rest.

We thank You for their conviction
that our rights come from You, our Creator,
and that government exists
to secure those rights,
and never to destroy or weaken them.

Now that we face unjust mandates
that call upon us to violate our conscience,
we pray for Your protection.
Keep us faithful to You in our every deed.

Grant that we may work for change
by being citizens who are active in the process
by which we elect our leaders.

Grant that by our efforts to educate and mobilize voters,
we may replace public officials who ignore Your law
with those who observe it faithfully.
Bless our nation’s upcoming elections.

As we rejoice that we are citizens of Your Kingdom,
so make us always faithful citizens on earth.

We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

The Our Father (pray once)

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed by thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  Amen.

The Hail Mary  (repeated three times)

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.

The Glory Be (prayed once)

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end, Amen.

May God Bless your family and God Bless the United States of America.