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By Joan Watson, Integrated Catholic Life, July 2, 2021

Joan Watson was born and raised in Lafayette, Indiana, but college and graduate school took her to Virginia, Ohio, and Rome. After graduating from Christendom College with a B.A. in History and Franciscan University with a M.A. in Theology, she moved to Nashville, Tennessee to be part of the explosion of Catholic culture in the middle of the Bible Belt. …

“Do I pray for my elected officials, or do I just criticize them?”

Joannie WatsonFor 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). …

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