Sunday, April 22, 2007


(Adapted from the Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi)

Lord, make me an instrument of
Your Presence in the Polls.

Where there is coercion and violence,
Let me sow seeds of love;
Where there is bribery and vote buying,
Let me sow seeds of integrity;

Where there is discord,

Let me sow seeds of unity;
Where there is electoral fraud,
Let me sow seeds of honesty;

Where there is duplicity and propaganda,

Let me sow seeds of truth;
Where there is indifference,
Let me sow seeds of care and concern;

And where there is despair in the electoral process,

Let me sow seeds of hope.

Oh Divine Master, grant that I may not so much,
Think of my selfish motives when I vote.

Instill in me a deep sense of solidarity,
In my critical choice of candidates;
That would rise above the traditional politics of

Enlighten me to elect worthy men and women;
That embody
the true spirit of public service
in their moral consciousness.

For it is voting responsibly,
That we receive the fruits of true democracy.

And it is in dying as a seed to our selfishness,

That we are born to eternal life. Amen.