"We are all called anew to pray for our country and its leaders," Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M., says in asking for prayers for the United States following the presidential election. CNS photo/Bradley Birkholz
"We are all called anew to pray for our country and its leaders," Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M., says in asking for prayers for the United States following the presidential election. CNS photo/Bradley Birkholz

Whatever our politics may be, whatever side we may have taken, whatever vote we may have cast, we are all called anew to pray for our country and its leaders that Almighty God may continue to bless the United States of America and its people with his grace, wisdom, guidance and protection as he has throughout our history.  

May God inspire our nation, our current president, our new president and all those elected to serve us in public office, to deepen their commitment to respect human life in all its stages, from conception to natural death; to overcome racism and to resolve the tensions and injustices that divide us; to “turn from evil and do good, to seek peace and follow after it (Psalm 34: 14)”; to foster and protect our religious liberty, and to care for and about one another as children of a loving God.  

With the hope that has characterized our nation from its beginning; “with malice toward none and charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right (President Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1865),” let us move forward with joyful gratitude for our past, steady resolve in our present and unceasing prayer for our future.  

May Mary, our Immaculate Mother and Patroness of our country, hold us in her loving arms and lead us to the heart of her Divine Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.