Was “The Original Intent”
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Whose Divine Hand Was behind the Establishment of the United States of America and our Founding Documents.
"Almighty God, Who has given us this good land for our heritage; We humbly beseech Thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of Thy favor and glad to do Thy will. Bless our land with honorable ministry, sound learning, and pure manners.
Save us from violence, discord, and confusion, from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitude brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues.
Endow with Thy spirit of wisdom those to whom in Thy Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that through obedience to Thy law, we may show forth Thy praise among the nations of the earth.
In time of prosperity fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in Thee to fail; all of which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
— Thomas Jefferson (1743-
Prayer for our Nation
God of our Fathers, Shepherd of thy people, Lord of free men's souls, bless thou our nation with a valiant, Godly, spirit, with a vision to see, with the courage to try, with the power to achieve, that, marching behind Thee, thy people shall not perish.
God, bless our America! Hear our prayer for our united peoples, grant guidance to our leaders, protection to our sons, and teach each of us thy way of life in good will and peace. Amen.
— Francis Joseph Spellman (18891967) Cardinal in the Catholic Church, formally Archbishop of New York
Prayer to the U.S. Guardian Angel
O Glorious Guardian Angel of the United States, to whom God has entrusted the care of our beloved country, we honor you and thank you for the care and protection you have given to this great nation from the first moment of its inception.
O Powerful Angel Guardian, whose watchful glance encompasses this vast land from shore to shore, we know that our sins have grieved you and marred the beauty of our heritage. Pray for us, O Holy Angel, before the throne of God. Obtain for us, from the Queen of Heaven, the graces we need to overcome the forces of evil so rampant in our beloved land.
Help us, our God-
My past, O Lord, to Thy Mercy,
My present to Thy Love,
My future to Your Providence!
— Saint Padre Pio [Pio of Pietrelcina] (1887-
“The essence of prayer is not the effort to make God give us something. Prayer, then, is not just informing God of our needs, for God already knows them. Rather, the purpose of prayer is to give God the opportunity to bestow the gifts He will give us when we are ready to accept them.”
— Fulton J. Sheen (1895–1979) Catholic Archbishop, Professor, Radio & Television Show Host, The Fulton Sheen Program
It is church tradition that Pope Leo XIII had a vision of this spiritual battle of the twentieth century back in October of 1884. While in prayer at the Vatican, he heard “The guttural voice, the voice of Satan in his pride, boasted to Our Lord: “I can destroy your Church.” The gentle voice of Our Lord: “You can? Then go ahead and do so.” Satan: “To do so, I need more time and more power.” Our Lord: “How much time? How much power? Satan: “75 to 100 years, and a greater power over those who will give themselves over to my service.” Our Lord: “You have the time, you will have the power. Do with them what you will.”
He immediately repaired to his study to compose the Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel to obtain help in the battle against the dark spiritual forces that envelope this world. You may find it helpful against those spiritual forces that envelop our country now seek our destruction.
Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host -
by the Divine Power of God -
cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits,
who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.