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Book Club – Journal of a Soul – Week 9 of 12

November 6, 2012 by  
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Prayer and Fasting on Election Day

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Journal of a Soul Week 9

No matter how much events seem to be working against the good of the Church I must preserve a perfect tranquility, which however will not dispense me from grieving and from imploring that ‘thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven’.

I must beware of the audacity of those who, with unseeing minds led astray by secret pride, presume to do good without having been called to do so by God speaking through his Church, as if the divine Redeemer had any need of their worthless co-operation, or indeed of any man’s.

What is important is to co-operate with God for the salvation of souls and of the whole world. – Journal of a Soul, p. 310

For people of faith, elections are often exciting but tense times. As the cycle draws to a close and the campaigns wrap up their closing arguments, the weight in the chest of the faithful becomes heavy with anticipation, and all the build-up and noise slows down to a dull roar, serving as a backdrop for commentators who make their final predictions.  There comes a moment, perhaps as we cast our vote on election day, when both candidates and the electorate realize that, having done all they can do, the results ultimately rest in God’s hands.

I have no doubt that Americans who subscribe to this blog are well aware of what’s at stake in this election. I ask that those of you around the world join us on our last leg of prayer and fasting. My pastor’s advice to us today called to mind the above passage: “Let us pray for whatever result will save the most souls, inspire the Church and lead to great conversions. Of course, humanly speaking, we desire an end to the bloodshed and assaults upon life, matrimony and our Catholic Faith and should ask for that specifically.”


In deference to Election Day, my post today is intentionally brief. Hopefully, in addition to voting, you’ll be able to spend some time before the Blessed Sacrament, uniting your hearts and minds to the Faithful around the world, who desire that God’s will be done.

Discussion Questions:

1.  Please comment on Pope John XXIII's words with respect to the election.  Will they cause you to approach this election (or any election) differently?  If so, how?

2. Open forum – comment on any of the reading for this past week.


Reading Assignment:

Week 10: Spiritual Testament – End of Devout Considerations (p. 341-373)

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About Vicki Burbach

Vicki Burbach is a wife and homeschooling mother of six children ages four to sixteen years who relishes the calm inspiration of spiritual reading amidst the roller coaster of life. A passionate convert to the Faith, Vicki is an avid reader who started the book club so she could embark with like-minded bibliophiles on a spiritual journey through some of the greatest Catholic books ever written. She is author of the new book How to Read Your Way to Heaven - A Spiritual Reading Program for the Worst of Sinners, the Greatest of Saints, and Everyone in Between. You can also find her at

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  • LizEst

    Let us continue to pray for our country, our people, our government. Thank you to all around the world who prayed with us. May God bless you abundantly.

  • Vicki

    Prayers are definitely needed.  I must admit, I’m a little shocked by this outcome.  But God’s will is done.  Now we need to be thankful and continue to serve God by protecting  life and liberty.  

    • LizEst

      Yes indeed. Let us rejoice that Massachusetts rejected assisted suicide, a great example for the nation. The story of how Catholics helped make this happen, in such a liberal state, is impressive.

    • Vicki, at the moment we are all the Disciples of Emmaus.  We cannot understand how God could have allowed this to happen.  But soon, Vicki, soon He will open our eyes to the the Victory of the Cross. You know, we are truly blessed to be members of this our One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.  We always “Walk by Faith and not by Sight”.  And it sure never fails us because Christ and the Holy Spirit are walking with us, consoling us, comforting us when we are comfounded and telling us to hold fast to our Hope and Trust in Him.  The next Chapter will be opened to us “at the Breaking of the Bread” and the Holy Spirit will remind us of all that Jesus has taught us.

      • P.S.  Vicki : “Happy are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted”.

        • Vicki

          Yes – I am VERY happy:)

  • My beloved Americans, remember that when Jesus’ Public Life ended on the Cross, even His Disciples believed all was lost.  And yet, the Infant Church, led by those fearful, untutored Fishermen and common people, was born from the Cross and She is still here, alive and well, having survived many, many persecutions and thousands of Saints and holy men and women shedding their blood for Her growth. 

    The  genocide of the unborn will certainly be accelerated and more aged will face euthanasia; the reign of immorality and depravity will reach horrifying proportions; the Holy Sacrament of Matrimony and the Family will be gravely tortured but be sure His Will Shall Prevail.  From these tribulations Mother Church and her Faithful Children will come out of these tribulations even stronger than before.  Our Prayers were not in vain and they shall continue.

    • Rick7De

      Perfect words of consolation. Although I am European, I was devastated by the result. In these times, we should take up our cross all over the world and be sure of the ultimate triumph.

      • LizEst

        Thank you Rick and Mary. Please continue to pray with us. Christ has already won the victory and is with us until the end of the world. Jesus saw Satan fall. Ultimately, the gates of hell will not prevail. God bless you both.

    • Vicki

      Thank you, Mary.  You are absolutely right.  It will be painful; but there would be no resurrection without the cross.

  • After reading all these wonderful thoughts I would like to read a biography of Pope John XXIII. Can anyone recommend one?

  • LizEst

    Just like what happens with abusers, Catholics were groomed to accept the “candy” of those who would destroy them. How very, very sad. Nevertheless, Christ is with us always and the gates of hell will not prevail. Of this you can be sure of. God does not lie.

  • CeciliaMarks

    Vicki, the last two elections have found me in prayer and fasting for months and in travail prayer on the day of the elections. However, this election has resulted in the call to our entire intercessory prayer group to intense obedience to prayer, fasting w/an increase to daily Mass and additional hours in daily Adoration for almost a year. I know many, many others have also felt this call as we unite with them in these actions. All of heaven is truly calling souls and nations to open their ears to the voice of Our Father and their eyes to see the darkness that surrounds us. We have been told to raise high the green banners of hope & in great faith to trust that we are all in the Hands of Our Father who loves each one of His children. May God’s Divine Mercy wash over us to cleanse, purify and restore that which the locusts have eaten…

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