Our Duty as Christian Citizens — Integrated Catholic Life™

For our readers in the United States, this weekend will be full of fireworks and grilling. In the midst of this, let us not forget to pray for our elected officials. There will probably be petitions in the Prayers of the Faithful, and perhaps you will sing a patriotic song at Mass. But this is a good opportunity to really ask ourselves: do I pray for my elected officials, or do I just criticize them? In his first letter to Timothy, St. Paul writes to the young bishop of Ephesus, “First of all, then, I ask that supplications, prayers, petitions, and thanksgivings be offered for everyone, for kings and for all in authority, that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life in all devotion and dignity” (1 Tim 2:1-2). Some Scripture scholars note that Paul’s command to pray for everyone might indicate that there was a refusal at Ephesus to pray for pagans. How often do I adopt the same practice, even unknowingly? I pray for the needs of my family, friends, and fellow parishioners. But what about the needs of those with whom I vehemently disagree or those who work against what I believe? 

Our Duty as Christian Citizens — Integrated Catholic Life™

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