Thank you Catholic New York and Christie Chicoine for giving so much space to informing your readers of Deacon Jim Stahlnecker’s prayer campaign for the upcoming presidential election (CNY, Sept. 29). It is clear from the deacon’s comments that this is not a political campaign, but a spiritual one; a campaign aimed at asking for the Holy Spirit’s guidance in choosing the candidate that will do the most to “better our country.”
Deacon Stahlnecker believes strongly in the power of prayer, and he has worked tirelessly at obtaining support for the prayer campaign, beginning with the Perpetual Adoration chapels here in the tri-state area and across the country, and extending his efforts to religious congregations and other Catholic institutions, national and international. Your article will send his message to many that he could not reach, intensifying the prayer campaign and enhancing its efficacy.
It’s time to place ourselves in God’s hands and trust that He will direct the outcome. Who knows, maybe the faithful who have not prayed for a long time will be brought into a closer relationship with God as a result of the campaign. After all, God’s ways are not man’s ways.