Reposted with permission from the new blog CatholicMaine:
Proponents of same-sex "marriage" seem to be at a loss when explaining their electoral defeats in Maine and California. Here in Maine, same-sex "marriage" advocates were beside themselves when their self-assured victory evaporated in the late hours of November 3rd, 2009. After all, they had outspent the Yes on 1 campaign by nearly a two to one margin. With a 5 year head-start, they were better organized, better staffed and had the unanimous support of the press, the Governor, the Speaker of the House, the President of the Senate, the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Portland and other religious and political leaders from throughout the state.
And still, they lost.
In the minds of many, what turned the tide was not money or a slick communications campaign. What turned the tide was the power of prayer.
As Catholics, we believe that marriage is not only a divinely authored institution, but a sacrament instituted by Christ. While there are some who choose to ignore this teaching, the fact remains that this is indeed the teaching of the Church, binding on all who would call themselves members of the mystical body of Christ. And as members of that mystical body, each one of us must do his or her part to explain and defend the Church’s teachings “with gentleness and reverence." ( cf. 1 Peter 3:16)
The results of recent court cases in Massachusetts and California serve to remind us that, despite some hard-won victories, the battle over the sanctity of marriage and religious liberty continues. As we approach Election Day 2010, consider the consequences of your vote and PRAY, PRAY, PRAY.
With this in mind, a number of Evangelical and Roman Catholic leaders, including our own Bishop Malone, are calling for 40 days of prayer and fasting leading up to the November elections. In addition to prayer and fasting, the organizers of this effort, known as Prayer & A.C.T, are calling on believers to put their faith into motion: