Novena for our nation

August 11, 2016 10:05 AM
RosaryBlog

William Mahoney, PhD

Our nation is in bad shape. The main problem is not the economy, jobs, or politics. Failure in those is symptomatic of something much larger. This is about the ongoing battle between life and death, light and darkness, good and evil. The culture of death has spread from sea to shining sea, seducing many into believing that some good is evil and some evil is good.

As I write this blog entry, 1,848 children have been aborted so far today (you can check current stats here). Think about that for a moment. We live in a country that legally protects the murdering of thousands of children each and every day, and many are convinced that this is somehow good.

Many think that abortion on demand—along with a slew of other evils—is progress, but in reality it is a kind of regression. In his letter to the Romans, Saint Paul addressed the state of the world prior to the advent of Christ. His words can easily be applied to our nation in its current state:

Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy (Romans 1:28-31).

Nevertheless, we are forbidden to despair. Hope is one of the theological virtues we receive at Baptism. We also must remember that, unlike the state of the world prior to the advent of Christ, we live in Anno Domini (A.D. - the Year of the Lord). Christ has already conquered death, but we must continue the struggle until His return.

We do not rely on the economy, jobs, or politics. We rely on the Savior of the World to help us fix our nation. We have faith that He can, hope that He will, and charity to join together in asking Him to do so.

To this end, Cardinal Raymond Burke has endorsed a 54-day Rosary Novena called Novena for Our Nation. It begins this Monday, 15 August (The Feast of the Assumption), and ends Friday, 7 October (the 445th Anniversary of the Battle of Lepanto—which you can read about here).

Please join this novena. If you are not Catholic, you are most welcome to join us in prayer; you can pray every day to the Lord from your heart or use a formal prayer as you wish.

The stakes are high, but God is infinitely higher.

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