Rude Awakening

Well, that didn’t take long.

Walk out of Mass. See man jump out of cab, stuck in traffic, who yells, “He’s such an [expletive]!

Walk on, approach presidential motorcade.

Realize why I had opened to this Prayer for Peace (St. John of the Cross, pray for us) a few minutes earlier:

O blessed Jesus, give me stillness of soul in You. Let your mighty calmness reign in me. Rule me, O You, King of Gentleness, king of peace.

Remember, I did not pray this prayer today:

Lord God, Author of Life and Source of Eternal Life,
move the hearts of all our public officials and especially
our President, to fulfill their responsibilities worthily and
well to all those entrusted to their care.
Help them in their special leadership roles, to extend the
mantle of protection to the most vulnerable, especially
the defenseless unborn, whose lives are threatened with
extermination by an indifferent society.
Guide all public officials by your wisdom and grace to
cease supporting any law that fails to protect the fundamental good that is human life itself, which is a gift from
God and parents.
You are the Protector and Defender of the lives of the
innocent unborn. Change the hearts of those who compromise the call to protect and defend life.  Bring our
nation to the values that have made us a great nation, a
society that upholds the values of life, liberty, and the
pursuit of happiness for all.
Mary, the Mother of the living, help us to bear witness to
the Gospel of Life with our lives and our laws, through
Christ, Our Lord.
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