November 9, 2016
While Election Day is behind us, our duty as faithful citizens to ensure our elected officials recognize and protect the life and dignity of all people continues.
Serving Florida at the federal level, Marco Rubio (R) will be returning to Washington, DC as a U.S. Senator. 16 of our U.S. Representatives in Congress will be Republicans, while 11 will be Democrats; 10 of 27 will be new to Congress this term. At the state level in Tallahassee, both the Senate and House will maintain Republican majorities. The Senate make-up will be 25-15, with the Florida House at 78-41 (with one race undergoing a recount still undecided).
Click here to view Florida's election results
In the weeks prior to the election, the FCCB conducted the Candidate Questionnaire Project (CQP) to assist Catholics and the broader community with the obligation to become informed voters. Now that the votes are tallied, we encourage you to return to the FCCB's CQP webpage to view the positions of candidates who won their races and responded to our survey.
As we get to know our new lawmakers at both the state and federal level, let us pray for wisdom and guidance for those elected to serve - as well as the electorate - as we strive to find common ground and work together towards the common good.
PRAYER AFTER AN ELECTION
God of all nations,
Father of the human family,
we give you thanks for the freedom we exercise
and the many blessings of democracy we enjoy
in these United States of America.
We ask for your protection and guidance
for all who devote themselves to the common good,
working for justice and peace at home and around the world.
We lift up all our duly elected leaders and public servants,
those who will serve us as president, as legislators and judges,
those in the military and law enforcement.
Heal us from our differences and unite us, O Lord,
with a common purpose, dedication,and commitment
to achieve liberty and justice
in the years ahead for all people,
and especially those who are most vulnerable in our midst.
Source: Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers