Monday, March 03, 2014

“Enlighten all legislators to enact laws in the spirit of wisdom and justice.” (Intercession: II Week. Universal Tuesday Evening Prayer)

The more signal truths that prayer acclaims and proclaims are the following: First, that there is God Who loves man and listens to his pleadings. If there were no God, to whom would one pray and why pray at all? Second, that there is man who needs God and depends on Him. Otherwise, why does man call upon Him and what for? Third, that God listens to man and man depends on God. If not, prayer would make no sense.

By the way, according to reason and pursuant to practice, there are four categories of prayer all in all – taking into account the above observations made: One, Prayer of Adoration whereby man acclaims God in His Divinity and providence. Two, Prayer of Repentance wherein man expresses is sorrow to God for the evil things he has done and the good deeds he left undone. Three, Prayer of Petition whereby man says to God what he needs, and thereby acknowledge His omnipotence and beneficence. Four, Prayer of Thanksgiving wherein man expresses his gratitude to God for all graces or favors received from Him.

Incidentally, prayers are either personal or corporate which in turn are either particular or universal. A prayer is considered personal when only but an individual says it. A prayer is corporate when some people say it together. A prayer is particular when it is said in given place for a distinct cause or purpose. A prayer is universal when the Church as a whole, in all continents all over the globe recites it, from the rising to the setting of the sun in a given day – for a special intention.

So it is that the Universal Church has an official prayer specifically composed and formally said in favor of all legislators the world over – on given day and time. So it is that the Church as whole thus looks at legislators as individuals with really serious agenda to accomplish, affecting people who should be governed according to the dictates of truth, the demands of justice and the consequent reign of peace. This is not to say that the common good or public welfare of the people in this or that country all depend on the work of but their legislators. There is nevertheless a formal recognition of the key role that legislators have in safeguarding the well-being and promoting the aspirations of their constituency.

At the same time, however, the wise and just laws enacted by the legislators become living realities only when both the Executive and Judicial Department also do their respective mandates. The blessings of social order concord and development begin with enactment of needed and proper laws – followed by their implementation plus judicial resolution when violated, without fear nor favor, without bowing to power and/nor wealth.