The thrones of the arrogant God overturns and establishes the lowly in their place; the roots of the proud God plucks up, to plant the humble in their place. Sirach 10:14

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Welcome to the Justpeace Front Page SPECIAL EDITION for Election Day 1998, USA. + Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ +

Today we offer only prayer and the

Word of God, reparations for the

evils of this age, prayers of

hope for a better tomorrow.

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Here is what GOD says about the poor.

A Prayer for Election Day, AD 1998

+ Lord God of all creation,

You rule and judge all nations,

You scatter the arrogant of mind and heart,

You cast down rulers from their thrones and raise up the lowly.



Today we elect those who will serve in our government:

the voices that call us to go this way or that way are confusing,

the signs of these times that we must discern are tragic and unjust,

the culture of death that afflicts all people is powerful.



Open our eyes to see your Reign in history,

our hearts to share your love with all people,

our ears to hear the cry of the widow, the orphan, and the stranger among us.



Send your Holy Spirit upon the people of this land:

Teach us to make wise and prudent decisions.

Increase our faith and hope.

Help us to live the Gospel we profess.



May all who are elected this day:

do justice,

love goodness,

and walk humbly before You and all people.



We ask for these blessings,

confident in your providence through all time,

calling upon Mary our Mother

and all the saints who have served the cause of justice,

through your Son, Jesus Christ, Redeemer and Savior, Amen.

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The background of this page has been turned

black to graphically represent the gravity

of the political situation in the United States on

this Election Day. Crises abound at home and abroad,

while the ruling political and economic elites of

this country frivolously squander time, resources,

and credibility on an orgy of greed, lust, and injustice.



To discover solutions to this tragic situation look in the mirror.

Try your neighborhoods and communities, churches

and schools, coffee shops and beauty parlors

and barber shops. Look around the dinner table,

as you eat and pray with your family. Poli-tricks are not

the path to the Kingdom of God.



Today's problems are pre-eminently moral.

We must seek the Truth which makes us free so

that we can discern the signs of the times and

make prudent and wise decisions.



Fast and pray this Election Day. Fulfill your civic duties

and responsibilities, pray for guidance so that you make wise

choices for candidates and causes to vote for,

do the works of justice, mercy,

and peace.

To learn more about what is necessary,

consult the Gospel of Justice and Peace.



Robert Waldrop, Justpeace Webservant

The Memorial of St. Martin de Porres, AD 1998.

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Rise up,

Judge of the Earth,

Give the proud what they deserve.

How long, Lord, shall the wicked glory?

How long will they mouth haughty speeches,

Go on boasting, all these eVildoers?

They crush your people, Lord,

They torment your very own.

They kill the widow and alien;

The fatherless they murder.

They say, "The Lord does not see;

The God of Jacob takes no notice."

Understand, you stUpid people!

You fools, when will you be wise?

Does the one who shaped the ear not hear?

The one who formed the eye not see?

Does the one who guides nations not rebuke?

The one who teaches man not have knowledge?

The Lord does know human plans,

They are only puffs of air.

Psalms 94:1-11

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Hear the Word of the Lord, O house of David!

Thus says the Lord: Each morning

dispense justice, rescue the oppressed

from the hand of the oppressor,

lest my fury break out like

fire which burns without

being clenched, because of

the evil of your deeds. Jeremiah 21:11-12



Strengthen the hands that are

feeble, make firm the knees that

are weak, say to those whose

hearts are frightened, Be strong,

fear not! Here is your God, he

comes with vindication,

with divine recompense he comes

to save you. Then will the eyes of

the blind be opened,

the ears of the deaf be cleared.

Isaiah 35:3-5



For strange are the works of the Lord,

hidden from men his deeds.

The oppressed often rise to a throne,

and some that none would consider wear a crown.

The exalted often fall into utter disgrace. Sirah 11:4b-6a

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From the Holy Father. . . TOP

Mention should also be made of the practical and as it were experiential dimension of this teaching, which is to be found at the crossroads where Christian life and conscience come into contact with the real world. This teaching is seen in the efforts of individuals, families, people involved in cultural and social life, as well as politicians and statesmen to give it a concrete form and application in history. Centesimus Annus 59



The VIEW from OAKLEY STREET:

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+ A LAMENT Concerning the Foreign Policy of the U.S.A.

+ A LAMENT for the SUMMER of 1998

+ Congress, the Presidency, and the Culture of Death

+ President Clinton Should Resign,

+ Works of Justice and Peace

+++ Send email to James Wolfensohn, chairman of the World Bank. Share your concern for his soul due to his bank's cruel persecution of the poor. Read Robert Waldrop's Letter +++ Pray for the conversion of James D. Wolfensohn

My son, rob not the poor man of his livelihood, force not the eyes of the needy to turn away. A hungry man grieve not, a needy man anger not; do not exasperate the downtrodden; delay not to give to the needy. A beggar in distress do not reject; avert not your face from the poor. From the needy turn not your eyes, give no one reason to curse you. Sirach 4:1-5

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The just have a care for the rights of the poor;

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Proverbs 29:7

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