Tuesday, December 15, 2009

UPDATED - Evil's Afoot - Pray for Senator Ben Nelson

UPDATE and Correction - Senator Nelson has denied the below claim that threats have been made on Offutt AFB. In this KHAS News 5 report, he also assures that even after speaking with the president for 30 minutes today, he will still oppose the Senate health care reform bill if it does not contain language substantially similar to the House' Stupak Amendment and the Senate's failed Nelson-Hatch Amendment. It is safe to assume that Senator Nelson is still under great pressure and would benefit from our prayers.

If a Senate source is accurate, things are getting nasty for the pro-life Senator from Nebraska. Michael Goldfarb at the Weekly Standard writes today that:
According to a Senate aide, the White House is now threatening to put Nebraska's Offutt Air Force Base on the BRAC list if Nelson doesn't fall into line. . .

. . .As our source put it, this is a "naked effort by Rahm Emanuel and the White House to extort Nelson's vote." They are "threatening to close a base vital to national security for what?" asked the Senate staffer.

To force American's to pay for their neighbors' elective abortions is what.

It was a carrot this week for Senator Joe Lieberman, but for brave defenders of human life like Senator Nelson, it will always be the stick. Perhaps it is a good time to put the late Bishop Michael Saltarelli's Litany to St. Thomas More to good use and pray for strength and encouragement for Senator Nelson:
Litany of St. Thomas More,
Martyr and Patron Saint of Statesmen, Politicians and Lawyers

V. Lord, have mercy
R. Lord have mercy
V. Christ, have mercy
R. Christ have mercy
V. Lord, have mercy
R. Lord have mercy
V. Christ hear us
R. Christ, graciously hear us

V. St. Thomas More, Saint and Martyr,
R. Pray for us (Repeat after each invocation)
St. Thomas More, Patron of Statesmen, Politicians and Lawyers
St. Thomas More, Patron of Justices, Judges and Magistrates
St. Thomas More, Model of Integrity and Virtue in Public and Private Life
St. Thomas More, Servant of the Word of God and the Body and Blood of Christ
St. Thomas More, Model of Holiness in the Sacrament of Marriage
St. Thomas More, Teacher of his Children in the Catholic Faith
St. Thomas More, Defender of the Weak and the Poor
St. Thomas More, Promoter of Human Life and Dignity

V. Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world
R. Spare us O Lord
V. Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world
R. Graciously hear us O Lord
V. Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world
R. Have mercy on us

Let us pray:

O Glorious St. Thomas More, Patron of Statesmen, Politicians, Judges and Lawyers, your life of prayer and penance and your zeal for justice, integrity and firm principle in public and family life led you to the path of martyrdom and sainthood. Intercede for our Statesmen, Politicians, Judges and Lawyers, that they may be courageous and effective in their defense and promotion of the sanctity of human life - the foundation of all other human rights. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

R. Amen.