Tuesday, October 07, 2008

October 17 - Pray the Rosary Today

An email from CatholicVote.com

The economy is strained, a presidential debate tonight, and the election in less than 30 days away.

We have an urgent request for you and it does not involve money. We need you to pray... today.

October 7th marks the anniversary of the naval victory won by the Christian fleet at Lepanto, Greece, in 1571. The Christian fleet was vastly outnumbered and was expected to be destroyed, but they invoked the help of the holy Mother of God through the Rosary. Their prayers were answered and they prevented the Ottoman Turks from invading Europe.

Western Civilization today is also in turmoil. Now, more than ever, it is important for Christians to pray to God for help, especially as we are close to deciding who will lead our nation for the next four years.

If you are Catholic (or if you're not catholic), please join with us and Bishop Baker of Birmingham, AL, and pray the Rosary, today. Like the Christians in 1571, we are perhaps outnumbered, but it is important that we place our trust in Divine Providence.

Bishop Baker asked Catholics to pray the Rosary today "for our Nation and Our World."

Here are his prayer intentions, which we think can be echoed by Catholics and all Christians alike:

"That the Holy Spirit may guide our government leaders as they address the current problems facing our nation’s economy and as they seek proper paths to peace in our world, we pray to the Lord…"

"For the guidance of the Holy Spirit as voters choose the best possible candidates as leaders for local, state, and national offices, people who will protect the least vulnerable among us, especially the unborn, and promote the cause of life in all its forms and family life, we pray to the Lord…"

N.Y. Times mentions Catholic Vote video

The CatholicVote video was highlighted Sunday in a New York Times article about Catholics and the 2008 elections.

Here's an excerpt of the article, in case you missed it:

The Cathedral of St. Peter in Wilmington, Del., where Mr. Biden lives, is promoting a video produced by the conservative Catholic group Fidelis that is intended to persuade Catholic voters to put opposition to abortion rights and same-sex marriage above all other issues when they go to the polls.

“Many issues are at stake,” a caption reads as the video displays a fetus and choral music swells. “Some are more important than others.”

Brian Burch, president of Fidelis, said the group had created the video as “a voter guide for the 21st century.” Many Catholic churches across the country have put it on their Web sites, and Mr. Burch said some statewide advocacy groups had been distributing it to their members.

It is because of your effort and support that this video has been so successful!

Thank you,

- The CatholicVote.com Team

P.S. Today, October 7th, marks the anniversary of the great naval victory at Lepanto in 1571. The date has been celebrated for centuries by Christians. Please consider saying the Rosary or another prayer of petition for our Nation on this important day. Thank you for your continued support of CatholicVote.com

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this reminder. I was able to "contribute" to this prayerful cause while in bed that night. I kept falling asleep about half-way through the rosary, but I would wake up every 10 minutes with the distinct memory of still saying the Hail Mary's and Our Father's while in that quasi-sleep, and I would just continue where I left off... until I fell asleep again... and woke up 10 minutes later, continuing off and on like that until I finished.

    Heh! I have this image of my guardian angel prodding me every few minutes saying, "Hey! Come on. You're not finished yet. Just a few more. You can do it."