Well, I’m sure most folks around the world know that we here in the U.S. are having presidential elections today. And it’s no secret that the weeks leading up to this day have been full of bombast and divisive rhetoric along party lines.
So I’m happy to say that everything about my voting experience today was pleasant. For some reason, the usual folks handing out fliers to voters as they arrive were not present. The polling place had additional booths and workers in anticipation of the large turnout. (There were only three people in line ahead of me at 9:45.) And best of all, for my precinct, there was a team of 20-30 somethings staffing the sign-in table. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the “old ladies” who usually draw this duty…I just really find it heartening to see younger folks get so actively involved.
On another note, you may not hear too much from me over the next several days, as I have a medical procedure that will tie up much of my day tomorrow, and then bright and early on Thursday morning, I board the Megabus for Milwaukee for a big conference of progressive Roman Catholics called “Call to Action.”
I’ll leave you with a prayer from the novena that our University Ministry folks have been leading in the run up to the election:
Give us, O God,
leaders whose hearts are large enough
to match the breadth of our own souls,
and give us souls strong enough
to follow leaders of vision and wisdom.
Give us the hearts
to choose the leader who will work with other leaders
to bring safety to the whole world.
Give us a government
that provides for the advancement of this country
without taking resources from others to achieve it.
Give us insight enough ourselves
to choose as leaders those who can tell
strength from power,
growth from greed,
leadership from dominance,
and real greatness from the trappings of grandiosity.
We trust you, Great God,
to open our hearts to learn from those
to whom you speak in different tongues,
and to respect the life and words of those
to whom you entrusted the good
of other parts of this globe.
We beg you, Great God,
give us the vision as a people
to know where global leadership truly lies,
to pursue it diligently,
to require it to protect human rights
for everyone everywhere.
We ask these things, Great God,
with minds open to your word
and hearts that trust in your eternal care. Amen.
Excerpted from “Prayer for the Elections,”
by Sr. Joan Chittister, O.S.B.