New Haven, CT. September 10, 2008 – "Elect
a Politician to Heaven" is a new appeal by which
the Catholic.net Community hopes to convince the faithful
worldwide to dedicate more of their time in prayer for
Concerned with the political hostility and persecution faithful politicians
face internationally in different ways as well as the widespread
practice among secular politicians of neglecting the defense of the
dignity of human life and common good values, Catholic.net turns to the power of prayer and launches an
intercession service to help politicians.
The service is personalized and allows
users to take upon themselves the responsibility of praying daily
for a specific political leader assigned to each one of
them. Users are encouraged to take the time to get
to know their respective political leader, familiarizing themselves with the
politician´s life, family, community, struggles, and aspirations. Users are also
able to subscribe politicians so that others can pray for
them, from community leaders to national legislators, from judges to
presidents. To join the crusade taking on the responsibility of
praying for a specific political leader users must visit: http://www.catholic.net/prayerspoliticaleaders. The service is entirely free of charge.
international initiative, the faithful serve as committed intercessors lifting politicians up
in daily prayer and offering sacrifices for them. The goal
of the Catholic.net Community is to help politicians
to receive the graces of wisdom, discernment, fortitude, good will,
integrity, honesty, and a heart that seeks justice and truth
– so that they will be able to advance the
Kingdom of Christ through their political leadership.
Rosalia Tenorio, Director of
Catholic.net in English, explains that the service emerges
from a Biblical urge for the believer to keep leaders
in their prayers (Wisdom 6: 1-3; Romans 13: 15; 1
Timothy 2: 2-3). Its launching date is particularly fitting, given
the the proximity of the US 2008 presidential election.
Bible is filled with messages that invite us to pray
for those who hold a position of political leadership,” said
Tenorio. “Unfortunately, only a few of us do indeed pray
for our political leaders. On the other hand, none seems
to lack criticism against our politicians. But taking such stand
is not the Christian thing to do."
Tenorio further explains
that even when elected officials do not represent our values
as Christians we ought to pray for them. "In such
situations, we ought to pray even more, because this is
the loving Christian attitude that we are called to have."
Sample Prayer for Political Leaders
Lord, Father of the universe, you
have created humans to work with you. Enlighten those who
lead and govern us. You know how hard it is
to be always fair, considerate and compassionate. Our politicians and
leaders need your help and guidance, Lord. Grant them your
love and benevolence and make them attentive to your perfect
will. Heavenly Father, make them instruments of justice and freedom,
genuine defenders of good. In your infinite mercy, Father, give
them the desire to serve, and teach them to stand
for the right causes through a conduct always faithful to
you. Bless our political leaders and protect them, defend them
against the evil one, now and forever. Amen.
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and Regnum Christi Movement, intended to form an online Catholic
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