IF this election was the referendum on Judeo-Christian values as many of our finest had cast it; then the devastating results should cause great reflection in people of faith.
We should be repentant of our deficient catechesis; of failing to "commend to others the faith that is within us", to borrow a phrase from one prayer of confession.
And while our catechesis might still be adequate in "red counties" otherwise known as "flyover country" those same bi-colored maps reveal an utter failure of evangelism in our coastal cities.
So let us take yesterday's failure as tomorrow's challenge: to impart "the faith once delivered to the saints" to those regions where to many. God's Holy Name is but a curse word.
And to that end, again I share this prayer composed by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. I had previously posted it on the Reformation Day discussion, and explained that it will become a standard piece in our Sunday bulletin whenever there is an otherwise blank half-page.
A PRAYER OF PREPARATION
FOR WORSHIP AND SERVICE
Pour forth your Holy Spirit to inspire me with these words from Holy Scripture.
Stir in my soul the desire to renew my faith and deepen my relationship with your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ so that I might truly believe in and live the Good News.
Open my heart to hear the Gospel and grant me the confidence to proclaim the Good News to others.
Pour out your Spirit, so that I might be strengthened to go forth and witness to the Gospel in my everyday life through my words and actions.
In moments of hesitation, remind me:
If not me, then who will proclaim the Gospel?
If not now, then when will the Gospel be proclaimed?
If not the truth of the Gospel, then what shall I proclaim?
God, our Father, I pray that through the Holy Spirit I might hear the call of the New Evangelization to deepen my faith, grow in confidence to proclaim the Gospel and boldly witness to the saving grace of your Son, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.