Nov 2 Pray for Our Nation

Help us, God our savior, on account of the glory of your name.

Deliver us, pardon our sins for your name’s sake.

Turn back sevenfold into the bosom of our neighbors

the insult with which they insulted you, Lord.

Then we, your people, the sheep of your pasture, will give thanks to you forever;

from generation to generation we will recount your praise.

Psalm 79:9, 12, 13 (Revised New American translation)

Believing is possible only by grace and the interior helps of the Holy Spirit. But it is no less true that believing is an authentically human act. Trusting in God and cleaving to the truths he has revealed is contrary neither to human freedom nor to human reason. Even in human relations it is not contrary to our dignity to believe what other persons tell us about themselves and their intentions, or to trust their promises (for example, when a man and a woman marry) to share a communion of life with one another. If this is so, still less is it contrary to our dignity to “yield by faith the full submission of… intellect and will to God who reveals”, and to share in an interior communion with him.  From the Catholic Catechism, Paragraph 154.

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