There are several election prayer novenas going around and they are all good. A simple prayer, prayed often throughout the day, can also be good (and is easier to remember):
“Lord have mercy on our country!”
The Memorare, is also a very powerful prayer (scroll to the bottom of this page).
In the Catholic Tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation. — Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, No. 13.
As Catholics, we must consider all of the issues in making our decision on who to vote for. This means looking at both the character and the policies of the candidates and their party platforms. It also means knowing how to assign the appropriate weight, based on the teachings of the Church, to the more important, foundational issues of life, marriage and religious liberty. Character and temperament matter, but so do public policies that will affect millions. For the presidential race, one should also consider the vice presidential running mate, who will automatically take a seat in the Senate, which is precariously balanced between pro-life and pro-abortion senators. The Vice President also could potentially become President if anything should happen to the President. Perhaps the most important task of our next President will be to appoint new supreme court justices, who will shape the laws of our nation for decades to come, with regard to abortion, marriage and religious liberty.
“The promotion of the culture of life should be the highest priority in our societies. . . If the right to life is not defended decisively as a condition for all other rights of the person, all other references to human rights remain deceitful and illusory.” ~ Pope Saint John Paul II
“Above all, the common outcry, which is justly made on behalf of human rights—for example, the right to health, to home, to work, to family, to culture—is false and illusory if the right to life, the most basic and fundamental right and the condition for all other personal rights, is not defended with the maximum determination” ~ Pope Saint John Paul II, Christifideles Laici, 38.
“Disregard for the right to life, precisely because it leads to the killing of the person whom society exists to serve, is what most directly conflicts with the possibility of achieving the common good… It is impossible to further the common good without acknowledging and defending the right to life, upon which all the other inalienable rights of individuals are founded and from which they develop…” ~Pope Saint John Paul II The Gospel of Life, 72; 101
Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) issued a document from the Congregation for the doctrine of the Faith identifying three foundational nonnegotiable issues we must always defend in the political process:
- protection of innocent life from abortion and euthenasia
- tradition marriage between one man and one woman
- religious liberty
Archbishop Sam Aquila of Denver tells us outright:
Voting as a Catholic in 2016 by Archbishop Sam Aquila of Denver
They answer the question: “Is it morally permissible to vote for a candidate that supports an intrinsic evil?”
The Participation of Catholics in Political Life, from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
The Catholic Voter: How to form our conscience, by Fr. Rottman, posted by Diocese of Covington Pro Life Office
Catholic Principles to Guide our Voting, one page summary compiled by Fr. Martin Pitstick
Inalienable Rights, by Fr. Martin Pitstick
Catholics in the Public Square by Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted of the Diocese of Phoenix
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known
that any one who fled to thy protection,
implored thy help
or sought thy intercession,
was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence,
We fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins my Mother;
to thee do we come, before thee we stand, sinful and sorrowful;
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not our petitions,
but in thy mercy hear and answer them. Amen.