“I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers – and it was not there . . . in her fertile fields and boundless forests and it was not there . . . in her rich mines and her vast world commerce – and it was not there . . . in her democratic Congress and her matchless Constitution – and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great.”
― Alexis de Tocqueville
A ‘prayer shield’ and a ‘wall of meat’: Christians and bikers vow to protect Trump at inauguration
The headlines get more and more interesting but this one shows that people are willing to stand up and use their physical and spiritual time to protect the President-Elect, Donald Trump. Although few of us have the time or money to head to Washington DC for the Inauguration this week, we still have the power of prayer on our side and can offer our own prayers from every corner of the United States to protect our new president and for his guidance in taking on the leadership of this country. Too often, people are only reminded to pray when they need prayer.
Some quotes to ponder in anticipation of the next four years and as a reminder that prayer needs to be ongoing.
“But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in Heaven …” 1. Matthew 5:44-45
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.” 1 Corinthians 9:24
“Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.” Luke 6:22
“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:12
“But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of Hell.” Matthew 5:22
“May my children discover the sweetness of being found again! Fulton J. Sheen
“Life is like a ship that plows the restless waves and leaves after it no tract of its rapid passage” Story of a Soul
“Come to the foot of the altar. There graces will be shed upon all, great and little, who ask for them. Graces will be especially shed upon those who ask for them” Blessed Mother to St. Catherine of Laboure`
“One is never bored with doing the Will of God” St. Catherine of Laboure’
“What God loves more than all else is to be loved, and God does not ask us what we were; He is only interested in what we are today.” Father John Joseph Lataste
“I would like to empty Purgatory with one hand, and with the other to fill it with souls snatched from the brink of Hell.” Blessed Mary of Providence
“Everyone that does evil hateth the light” from Liberalism is a Sin
“Forward always and for God alone!” Saint Joan Antida Thouret
“The casting of the ballot is the supreme act of citizenship. Ballot in hand, the citizen is a sovereign, and with his fellow-citizens he decided the destiny of the Republic.” Archbishop Ireland: American Citizenship Chicago, February 22, 1895.
The American who does not care to vote on election day, deserved disenfranchisement or exile: the American who boasts of his political indolence proclaims his own shame.” Archbishop Ireland: American Citizenship Chicago, February 22, 1895.