Things around the country seem pretty discouraging lately, don't they? It's easy to give up and believe things to be hopeless, so we might as well stop trying. But that's one of the glorious things about having faith in God - we know that anything is possible with Him.
Maybe there isn't a lot we can really do to change the world or the people in it. We can always pray, though, and have faith even when it seems like the cause is lost. God has done miraculous things before, and continues to do so even today.
With that in mind, I'd like to join with the bishops and countless other Catholics in encouraging everyone to pray the Novena for Faithful Citizenship. This election novena should be started on October 27 in order to finish the last day on Election Day. The news regarding the election might seem pretty grim (if you're hoping certain people don't win, at least), but prayer is capable of doing powerful things. We can't give up hope.
After the election, no matter who wins, people who have been praying and fighting to end abortion and that all life will be respected, will still have their work cut out for them. Prayer is the best tool we have, and we can't ever forget that.