Dominicans Help Others Seek out the Saints in a Tough Election Season


WASHINGTON (CNS) – The tension and frustration that the country feels over an election season filled with insults and rancor, feels a bit more amped up in Washington, the city where the winner of the presidential race will reside. With days to go before Election Day, the feast of All Saints seemed like a good occasion for the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, about three miles from the U.S. Capitol, to provide some respite for the weary. While some attended Halloween festivities Oct. 31, the Dominicans filled their chapel in the evening with candles, prayer and people, as hundreds gathered for an event focused on the saints on the vigil of their Nov. 1 feast. They listened to the words of Saint Catherine of Siena, Saint John Paul II and Saint John Chrysostom as well as Pope Francis’ remarks on one of the newest saints of the church: Saint Teresa of Kolkata. Recognizing the tension in the country, Dominican Brother Isaac Morales said he hoped the evening would provide “a sense of hope” and connection with the saints during a tough period. After all, he said, the saints, too, faced seasons of trouble. He recalled Saint John Paul’s trials and tribulations as well as Mother Teresa’s. He said it was edifying to see the chapel packed with those seeking prayer and serenity.