Pray and Vote With Mercy — Daily Prayer Intentions

October 19, 2020

In the lead up to the election, we as members of the Mercy family approach our voting by taking the time to educate ourselves, engage in conversations and pray.

Each day, we ask you to bring into your heart and spirit, in addition to those who are casting the votes and running for office, those who are most impacted by the different issues that are part of Mercy’s Critical Concerns: Anti-Racism, Earth, Immigration, Nonviolence and Women as well as the act of voting in this year.

Tuesday October 20th

Pray for asylum-seekers whom the Migrant Protection Protocols are forcing to wait in dangerous Mexican border towns for court dates that could be months or even years away.

Wednesday October 21st

Pray that our elected leaders will acknowledge U.S. complicity in creating conditions that force people to flee their home countries and move U.S. foreign policy in a new direction.

Thursday October 22nd

Seventy-five years after Hiroshima and Nagasaki, nuclear weapons remain a threat. Pray that elected leaders will abandon efforts to modernize the U.S. nuclear arsenal and reengage the U.S. in international nuclear arms control treaties that the current administration has abrogated.

Friday October 23rd

Reflect on these words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.” (Letter from a Birmingham Jail, 1963)

Saturday October 24th

Join the U.S. bishops in pledging to “root my political viewpoints in the Gospel and a well formed conscience, which involves prayer, conversation, study and listening.”

Sunday October 25th

Pray with and share with others the U.S. bishops’ postcard that calls us to protect life, preserve that which sustains life and care for Our Common Home.

Monday October 26th

Pray for a change of heart so that U.S. citizens come to recognize immigrants as sisters and brothers eager to use their gifts in service to their communities.

Tuesday October 27th

Easy access to firearms including military-grade weapons has led to the United States having the highest level of gun violence in the industrialized world. Pray that elected leaders will frame gun violence as a public health issue and enact policies that address root causes of this ongoing crisis in the U.S.

Wednesday October 28th

The Coronavirus pandemic has highlighted disparities in access to health care, housing, employment and nutritious food which have made communities of color more vulnerable to serious illness and death from COVID-19. Pray that elected officials will prioritize these areas and formulate concrete plans to overcome these historic gaps.

Thursday October 29th

Pray for all the young women who are finding their voice this election season and voting for the first time.

Friday October 30th

Pray for voters who are still discerning how they will vote, that they will consider how their choices will impact our Critical Concerns – Anti-racism, Earth, Immigration, Nonviolence and Women.

Saturday October 31st

Reflect on the words of civil rights icon John Lewis, in a 2012 speech in Charlotte, N.C.: “My dear friends: Your vote is precious, almost sacred. It is the most powerful nonviolent tool we have to create a more perfect union.”

Sunday November 1st

Reflect on the words of Pope Francis: “We need to participate for the common good. Sometimes we hear: a good Catholic is not interested in politics. This is not true: good Catholics immerse themselves in politics by offering the best of themselves so that the leader can govern.” – Pope Francis, 9/16/13

Monday November 2nd

Pray for patience for the American people in the likelihood that we need to wait days or even weeks for official election results.

Tuesday November 3rd

On this Election Day, pray for those going to the polls today, that they will be guided by the Spirit, for poll workers who may be under great stress and for those who may be tempted to engage in violence, that they might find peace in their hearts.

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  1. Katie Mindling

    Thank you for this daily guide. It is helpful in keeping all these intentions close in prayer.

  2. Charles McDonald

    Thank you Sister for those wise words. I pray that God will hear our prayer and those that He wants to run our country will be elected.

  3. Cecilia Baranowski

    Thank you. I am not a one issue voter.

  4. Jeannine Burch

    Thank you for your thoughtful reminders I pray that all will vote with the concern for all those on the margins in their minds!

  5. Kim Diamond

    Thank you for these beautiful words. I’m looking forward to putting them into prayer.

  6. Melissa Negrillo-Pino

    Thank you for including me in this leadership prayer for our country and I will make the time to pray each day and need the intentions for the prayer and hopefully we will have a peaceful transition of power on January 20th 2021

  7. Valmí

    Olá! Desde o Brasil estarei unida a vocês pelas orações. rezemos pela maior conscientização do cuidado de nosso planeta.

  8. Linda neil

    Thanks, Marianne, this is a great way to stay focused and positive!

  9. John Moone

    As much as I love all of you at Mercy, there’s a reason why our country has separation of Church and State. Please take your proper religious position and stay out of taking political positions. I am a proud decendant of a Mercy Sister, and will always love y’all.

  10. Mike Langheim

    Don’t kid yourselves with the “one issue mantra”. If that issue was to restore slavery, you would vote against that candidate in a heartbeat. Keep that in mind as a heartbeat is the very thing we must protect now.


    Many thanks to the Mercy Sisters for these wonderful prayers for our nation and for a just and moral outcome for this election.

  12. Joan C. Urbancic

    Beautiful & inspiring! Thank you for including me in this email of prayers that is so inclusive & so critical for everyone to support.

  13. Mary Hanby

    Thank you Mike Langheim for your comment on the unborn human beings living and growing in their mother’s womb. The unborn are innocents, obviously completely dependent and vulnerable people.

  14. Rita

    This inspired me! At times I worry that the majority of Americans do not see the important issues before us; environment, equality for all, foreign policies that do not destroy other countries, gun control, compassion for those in need, etc.

  15. Dr. Charles J. Brody

    John Moone: I too have family who belong to the Sisters of Mercy (two sisters). My parents were both Mercy Associates. I am very proud of the work that my sisters do and have done for over fifty years. This is not a matter of separation of Church and State. The Sisters are citizens and have the same rights as you and I to hold and express their opinions. Telling them to essentially “stay in your lane” seems to me condescending. And, for the record, which of the critical concerns of Earth, Nonviolence, Immigration, Anti-racism and Women, do you find so troubling?

    I am very grateful for these daily reflections!

  16. Janet M Smith

    disappointed that among the critical concerns listed there is no mention of abortion. the list of prayers make no plea for the unborn – surely the premise of correcting all the inequities is to uphold the sanctity of life. And it is clear which party promotes unfettered access to abortions which makes the decision clear cut.

  17. Kathleen Weigel

    Thank you Janet Smith.
    You said it so well.

  18. Patricia White

    Thank you, Sisters, for encouraging reflection and discernment, and for this beautiful meditation. You rock, and I appreciate you.