Posted by Oakes Spalding on 2/13/17
This beautiful and inspiring poster was made by Le Salon Beige for the upcoming French presidential election. It does not support any particular candidate. Indeed, I assume faithful Catholics are somewhat split between the “center” candidate, Francois Fillon and the “right” candidate, Marine Le Pen. I think it’s fair to say that both candidates (and their parties) elicit both enthusiasm and distrust among faithful Catholic voters. Thus, when the poster says “God can change all hearts,” it may be referring to the candidates as much as to members of the electorate.
While the “left” candidate Emmanuel Macron has some support from people who identify as “Catholic”- perhaps including left-wing “Francis Catholics” – it is doubtful that many of them would relate to this poster.
Who will win? Polls have consistently shown Le Pen in the lead for the first round of voting. Macron appears to be in second, with a recently faltering Fillon sinking down to third. If no one gets 50% of the vote (which is almost certain), then the two highest vote getters go head to head in a second round. Polls suggest that Le Pen would then lose to either Macron or Fillon by a wide margin.
However, the prediction markets – often more accurate then the polls – currently put Le Pen’s chances only a few percentage points below those of Macron (with Fillon far behind both of them).
The Elections of 2017
Under the sign of divine mercy
The first round of presidential elections will take place on Sunday, April 23, the first Sunday after Easter, Day of the Divine Mercy, and the Feast of St. George, the great defender of Christianity.
The second round of elections, the 7th of May, will take place on the eve of the Feast of Saint Michael of Mount Gargano. St. Michael, angelic protector of France, has helped our country more than once (the taking of Orleans by Joan of Arc and the armistice of May 8, 1945.)
To prepare for these elections, we are proposing to say daily, the Divine Mercy Chaplet for France in asking the Lord God for the grace of a president of His own heart, followed by the prayer of Leo XIII to St. Michael the Archangel, and the invocation of St. George and other protectors of France (Our Lady of the Assumption, St. Joseph, St. Joan of Arc, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus.)
To those who think all is lost (alternate translation: it is just a game, it is all just play), we say that God can change all hearts. Remember that by the intercession of St. Clothilde, He made to be baptized Clovis, and converted France.