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Dear Family,
As we just celebrated President's Day, I was thinking about our origins and remembered the following prayer written by Bishop, then Archbishop John Carroll of Baltimore, the first bishop of the United States. The Church grew quickly under his leadership. This was his prayer. Pray it slowly and thoughtfully. JFF

Almighty and eternal God,
You have revealed your glory to all nations. God of power and might, wisdom and justice,
through you authority is rightly administered, laws are enacted, and judgement is decreed.
Assist with your spirit of counsel and fortitude
the President of these United States,
that his administration may be conducted in righteousness,
and be eminently useful to your people over whom he presides.
May he encourage due respect for virtue and religion.
May he execute the laws with justice and mercy.
May he seek to restrain crime, vice, and immorality.
Let the light of your divine wisdom direct the deliberations of Congress
And shine forth in all the proceedings and laws framed for our rule and government.
May they seek to preserve peace, promote national happiness,
and continue to bring us the blessings of liberty and equality.
We pray for the governor of this state,
for the members of the legislature,
for judges, elected civil officials and all others
who are entrusted to guard our political welfare.
May they be enablers by your powerful protection
to discharge their duties with honesty and ability.
We likewise commend to your unbounded mercy
all the citizens of the United States,
that we may be blessed in the knowledge
and sanctified in the observance of your holy law.
May we be preserved in union and that peace which the world cannot give;
and, after enjoying the blessings of this life,
be admitted to those which are eternal.
We pray to you, who are Lord and God,
for ever and ever.

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