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Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, their campaign staffs, journalists, and, now, James Comey and the FBI agents who are on the case — add them all up, and there are only a couple of thousand people in a position to do anything that might affect the outcome of this election. Which leaves the rest of us twiddling our thumbs while merely hoping for the best?
Here on Ricochet we celebrate the traditional pieties, including the most basic American piety of all: faith that, in some hidden way, a benevolent and almighty God watches over the nation. Which means, of course, that there is indeed something the rest of us can do: pray.
We Catholics have our “novenas,” prayers lasting nine days, reflecting the nine days between the Ascension and Pentecost, and I see that the Knights of Columbus have posted a novena for the election — as it happens, a particularly beautiful prayer. Jews, Protestants and other believers surely can offer prayers of their own. Come to think of it, if you have prayers or meditations for the country that you’d like to suggest, would you post them here?
I wouldn’t want to drape a stifling solemnity over the proceedings here at Ricochet, of course — the sheer clamor of presidential elections is one of the pleasures of our democracy. But shall we, ahem, pray?Published in