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Memorial of Saint Cornelius and St. Cyprian, Bishop, Martyrs

My dear encountered couples:

We the people sometimes praise, sometimes condemn the leaders of our country. Paul in his letter to Timothy tells us to pray for them:“I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be offered for all men, especially for kings and those in authority.”

Paul knew that leaders needed the prayers of the people. They have grave obligations and are often so busy and so far removed from ordinary everyday life that they have a difficult time under-standing the needs of their people. Those in power are surrounded with temptations to misuse their office for their own gain without regard for their people. They have advisors who are constantly trying to persuade them to see things their way and to make the decisions they believe should be made if they were top dog.

The pressures and temptations that go with the offices of leadership are too much for any person to bear on his and her own. Let us heed Paul’s urgings and remember to pray for our president and all those in political and beaurocratic office every day. Let us also pray for our bosses, our teachers, and parents. And if you are one who is in a position of having to make decisions, don’t leave the praying up to everybody else. Pray for yourself.

May God protect and help those he places and permits in positions of authority over our lives. May he make them honest, caring, wise, and happy. May God give all of us the desire and strength we need to carry out his will. Amen!

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