International Day for Tolerance Novena: Day 1 | Respect & Love
As our tumultuous election cycle in the United States draws to a close, we have a special responsibility as Catholics to promote peace, understanding, and tolerance in response to whatever results the election gives us. In this spirit, we invite you to pray a novena for tolerance with us, beginning today, Election Day, and ending on the International Day for Tolerance, November 16.
During these nine days of prayer, we will update our blog with the daily prayer and send out email reminders (if you already receive the CatholicTV newsletter, you do not need to sign up again). Please take the time during this novena to pray for tolerance and to reflect on the fruits of the Holy Spirit.
On this first day, as we await the results of the election, we pause to consider the concept of respect. Respecting others does not necessarily mean agreeing with them. We have the responsibility to respect everyone, including our political opponents. Showing true respect for all others means recognizing the humanity of those with whom we disagree.
Debate is normal, and it is a healthy way to engage with other people as we mutually seek truth. Let us continuously seek truth and, along with it, ask for the fruit of the Spirit, love. Together with Bishop Robert Reed, we pray:
After this contentious election season, it is so important that we all learn to respect one another again, instead of assuming ill will on the part of people with whom we disagree. Love, a fruit of the Spirit, is what we need. We need to accept the grace of the Spirit to allow us to truly love one another, to begin healing.