I have mentioned in previous posts how important it is to pray for the president and I even posted a prayer that I say daily for the commander-in-chief. Much has been written by Catholics about concerns regarding the new president’s policies as they relate to Catholic doctrine (these latest pieces lay out his problematic stances as well as his problematic picks for roles in his administration). It is right to be concerned. Instead of being an exemplary Catholic in his governing he promises to cause devastating scandal, particularly in his advocacy of abortion, homosexual “marriage,” “gender” issues. and threats to religious freedom. It is heartbreaking to orthodox Catholics that the most famous American Catholic boldly rejects core teachings of the Church and has now tremendous power to cause even more damage in all the aforementioned areas, not only by action or inaction regarding these matters, but also by leading many astray or confirming yet others in their sin.
What to do? Well, we Christians know that with grace anything is possible and without it nothing is efficacious. So let us pray that the grace of the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation that Joe Biden has received will be activated in his life for the good of the country and the salvation of his immortal soul. God desires no one to be lost so we always have hope.that in even the most unlikely human circumstances, miraculous change can be effected.
I was heartened that the song Amazing Grace was performed as part of the inauguration ceremonies. My fervent hope is that it bodes well for the conversion of this administration. The first and last stanzas are well known:
Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now I am found
Was blind, but now I see
Grace is absolutely necessary to save all of us wretches. That is why this unmerited gift is so amazing! (See this piece from today for a beautiful exposition of grace.) I have heard countless testimonies of seemingly hopeless cases in which the Lord intervened in astonishing fashion to turn lives around. So why could it not be for the president? Changing his stances to align with divine revelation would likely be a career killer but it may be what saves his soul and the souls and lives of countless others.
Thus, incessant prayer for Mr. Biden and this country is desperately needed. With prayer as a daily foundation, additional actions like writing him or congressmen, advocating via op-eds and social media, speaking to family and friends, and being active in our community, all can be done with the proper disposition and always with love.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners
God bless the president and God Bless America.