To begin our “after Election Day post”, I am pleased to share with our readers some wonderful news from Tradition. Francis Awerkamp, of St. Mary’s, KS, has won a seat in the Kansas House of Representatives. Mr. Awerkamp and his family are devout traditional Catholics and support the Society of St. Pius X. The Damsel and I have been following his campaign closely and endorse him wholeheartedly. I believe our readers will also if they review his positions on the important issues: http://www.francisawerkamp.com/
It is very refreshing to see the results when a large, vibrant Catholic community has a major say in what official is elected to represent them. It was likewise amazing to witness such fervent prayer from so many Catholics in preparation for Election Day. How many stories I have heard of good Catholics who constantly prayed rosaries and novenas privately and publicly! Even usually lukewarm diocesan parishes held public rosaries and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. We all prayed that candidates would be selected who would uphold God’s laws, especially in regards to the slaughtering of innocents. We also implored God that our country would not receive its death blow from electing immoral, Communist candidates, particularly in regards to the Presidency, for which one of the most evil platforms in history was on the ballot. Thanks be to God, our nation and our freedoms live to fight another day.
Again(and as has been beaten almost to death), while a Trump/Pence administration might not necessarily be “perfect”, it represents a beacon of hope if campaign promises are fulfilled. For example, if proper Supreme Court Justices are chosen, perhaps Roe v. Wade will indeed end up on that “ashbin of history” as Mr. Pence has stated. Perhaps ideas such as Common Core and requiring every bakery in the land to submit to “gay” “marriage” will be reversed. God has certainly used more imperfect means than Donald Trump. After all, He has placed the Heaven-sent remedy for true world peace in the hands of some of the most radical Pontiffs in history, for whom we pray that one might finally consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart.
Let us pray for our elected officials that they might lay down in this country a solid foundation to restore all things in Christ. Anyone who believes that we’ll all of a sudden wake up one day to find ourselves ruled by St. Louis IX is mistaken. God does not work this way. A foundation will have to first be set for an eventual renewal. We see this in the “official” Church structures, where Tradition is slowly awakening through the fruits of an imperfect document, Summorum Pontificum.
I have provided below this prayer composed at the first diocesan synod in the United States of America. It was also posted this week by sspx.org. Pray then for our election officials, that they might begin to restore this country under Christ!
Prayer for the Nation
We pray, Thee O Almighty and Eternal God! Who through Jesus Christ hast revealed Thy glory to all nations, to preserve the works of Thy mercy, that Thy Church, being spread through the whole world, may continue with unchanging faith in the confession of Thy Name.
We pray Thee, who alone art good and holy, to endow with heavenly knowledge, sincere zeal, and sanctity of life, our chief bishop, Pope N., the Vicar of Our Lord Jesus Christ, in the government of his Church; our own bishop, N., all other bishops, prelates, and pastors of the Church; and especially those who are appointed to exercise amongst us the functions of the holy ministry, and conduct Thy people into the ways of salvation.
We pray Thee O God of might, wisdom, and justice! Through whom authority is rightly administered, laws are enacted, and judgment decreed, assist with Thy Holy Spirit of counsel and fortitude the President of these United States, that his administration may be conducted in righteousness, and be eminently useful to Thy people over whom he presides; by encouraging due respect for virtue and religion; by a faithful execution of the laws in justice and mercy; and by restraining vice and immorality. Let the light of Thy divine wisdom direct the deliberations of Congress, and shine forth in all the proceedings and laws framed for our rule and government, so that they may tend to the preservation of peace, the promotion of national happiness, the increase of industry, sobriety, and useful knowledge; and may perpetuate to us the blessing of equal liberty.
We pray for his excellency, the governor of this state, for the members of the assembly, for all judges, magistrates, and other officers who are appointed to guard our political welfare, that they may be enabled, by Thy powerful protection, to discharge the duties of their respective stations with honesty and ability.
We recommend likewise, to Thy unbounded mercy, all our brethren and fellow citizens throughout the United States, that they may be blessed in the knowledge and sanctified in the observance of Thy most holy law; that they may be preserved in union, and in that peace which the world cannot give; and after enjoying the blessings of this life, be admitted to those which are eternal.
Finally, we pray to Thee, O Lord of mercy, to remember the souls of Thy servants departed who are gone before us with the sign of faith and repose in the sleep of peace; the souls of our parents, relatives, and friends; of those who, when living, were members of this congregation, and particularly of such as are lately deceased; of all benefactors who, by their donations or legacies to this Church, witnessed their zeal for the decency of divine worship and proved their claim to our grateful and charitable remembrance.
To these, O Lord, and to all that rest in Christ, grant, we beseech Thee, a place of refreshment, light, and everlasting peace, through the same Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior. Amen.
~Steven C.,”Knight of Tradition”