Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Praying for Big O - Gethsemane

Bishop Samuel Aquila of Fargo recently congratulated president-elect Barack Obama, and assured him of prayers for "the conversion of his heart and mind to recognize the dignity of human life from the moment of conception until natural death and the truth that no government has the right to legalize abortion."

Of course. All Catholics should participate on a daily basis in the same prayerful work of Marian chivalry: pray for president-elect Obama to repent of his erstwhile support for this grave, public sin. And by the way, do so not as a saint praying for a sinner, but as a sinner praying for another sinner.

UPDATE: Baltimore-native Cardinal James Stafford stated "On Nov. 4, 2008, America suffered a cultural earthquake,” continued the cardinal. He pointed out that president-elect Barack Obama campaigned on an “extremist anti-life platform,” and described him as “aggressive, disruptive and apocalyptic.”

Now Catholics will experience the Agony of the Garden through the next few years of Obama’s presidency the cardinal said, and will have to endure the “hot, angry tears of betrayal.” He invited people to live this time “with Jesus, sick because of love.”

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