Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Archbishop Burke Interview on Election & Prayer...

Archbishop Raymond Burke interview here regarding today's election, abortion and other vital life & family issues, and a suggestion of fervent prayers to Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Key excerpts:
"My fellow citizens of the United States of America should be deeply concerned about any candidate for the presidency who supports legislation which permits the destruction of human life at its very beginning, the killing of babies in the womb, or legislation which violates the integrity of marriage and family life. The safeguarding and promoting of human life, from the moment of its inception, and of the integrity of marriage must be the fundamental planks of any political agenda. A good citizen must support and vote for the candidate who most supports the inalienable dignity of innocent and defenseless life, and the integrity of marriage. To do otherwise, is to participate, in some way, in the culture of death which pervades the life of the nation and has led to so much violence, even in the home and in educational institutions."

"It is not my intention to engage in partisan politics. I wish that both of the major political parties in the United States of America were more coherent regarding the right to life. The Democratic Party, however has, over the years, put forth and defended a political agenda which is grievously anti-life, favoring the right to procured abortion and "marriage" between persons of the same sex. One can legitimately question the wisdom of the decisions taken in the war in Iraq, but war in itself is not always and everywhere evil, as are, for example, procured abortion, human cloning, embryonic stem-cell research, and the so-called "marriage" of persons of the same sex. Engagement of the nation in a war cannot be placed on the same moral level as the nation making laws which permit the wholesale killing of the unborn or the artificial generation of human life or experimentation on embryonic human life or "marriage" between persons of the same sex."

"Procured abortion is the fundamental moral issue in the safeguarding and fostering of human life. To make economics or the environment the fundamental political issue, when life itself, in its most innocent and defenseless form, remains unprotected is morally irresponsible. Yes, the government of the United States must address a number of critical issues, including the current and most serious economic crisis. But it must address first its duty to promote the common good by defending the life of every human being, from the moment of its inception, and by safeguarding the integrity of marriage and the family."

Burke, in the interview, strongly urges that we prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe and Our Lady of America. The prayers fare below:

Prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe
Our Lady of Guadalupe, mystical rose, intercede for the Church, protect the Holy Father, help all who invoke You in their necessities. Since You are the ever Virgin Mary and Mother of the True God, obtain for us from Your Most Holy Son the grace of a firm and sure hope amid bitterness of life, as well as an ardent love and the precious gift of final perseverance.

Dearest Lady, fruitful Mother of Holiness, teach me Your ways of gentleness and strength. Hear my prayer, offered with deep felt confidence to beg this favor.

O Mary, conceived without sin, I come to your throne of grace to share the fervent devotion of your faithful Mexican children who call to Thee under the glorious title "Guadalupe" - the Virgin who crushed the serpent.

Queen of Martyrs, whose Immaculate Heart was pierced by seven swords of grief, help me to walk valiantly amid the sharp thorns strewn across my path. Invoke the Holy Spirit of Wisdom to fortify my will to frequent the Sacraments so that, thus enlightened and strengthened, I may prefer God to all creatures and shun every occasion of sin.

Help me, as a living branch of the Vine that is Jesus Christ, to exemplify His divine charity always seeking the good of others. Queen of Apostles, aid me to win souls for the Sacred Heart of my Savior. Keep my apostolate fearless, dynamic, and articulate, to proclaim the loving solitude of Our Father in Heaven so that the wayward may heed His pleading and obtain pardon, through the merits of Your Merciful Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ.


Prayer to Our Lady of America (the Immaculate Conception)

O Immaculate Mother, Queen of our Country,
open our hearts, our homes, and our Land
to the coming of Jesus, your Divine Son.
With Him, reign over us, O heavenly Lady, so pure
and so bright with the radiance of God's light
shining in and about you. Be our Leader against
the powers of evil set upon wresting the world of souls,
redeemed at such a great cost by the
sufferings of your Son and of yourself,
in union with Him, from that same Savior,
Who loves us with infinite charity.

We gather about you, O chaste and holy Mother,
Virgin Immaculate, Patroness of our beloved Land,
determined to fight under your banner of holy purity against the wickedness that
would make all the world an abyss of evil,
without God and without your loving maternal care.
We consecrate our hearts, our homes, our Land to your Most Pure Heart,
O great Queen, that the kingdom of your Son, our Redeemer and our God,
may be firmly established in us.

We ask no special sign of you, sweet Mother,
for we believe in your great love for us, and
we place in you our entire confidence.
We promise to honor you by faith, love, and the purity of
our lives according to your desire.
Reign over us, then, O Virgin Immaculate,
with your Son Jesus Christ. May His Divine
Heart and your most chaste Heart be ever enthroned and glorified among us.
Use us, your children of America,
as your instruments in bringing peace among men and nations.

Work your miracles of grace in us, so that we may be a glory to the Blessed Trinity,
Who created, redeemed, and sanctifies us.
May your valiant Spouse, St. Joseph, with the holy Angels and Saints,
assist you and us in "renewing the face of the earth."
Then when our work is over, come, Holy Immaculate Mother,
and as our Victorious Queen, lead us to the eternal kingdom,
where your Son reigns forever as King.


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