November 4

Election Day

Reflection

“Responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation.”
USCCB, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship

On this election day, we seek to better understand the issues and concerns that confront our country, and how the Gospel compels us to respond as faithful citizens in our community. As Catholics, we are led to raise questions for political life other than those raised by the propaganda of party affiliation and paid ads. Our focus is not on party affiliation, ideology, economics, or even competence and capacity to perform duties, as important as such issues are. Rather, we focus on what protects or threatens human life and dignity. Catholic teaching challenges voters and candidates, citizens and elected officials, to consider the moral and ethical dimensions of public policy issues. We ask that we might see each other as brothers and sisters, one and equal in dignity. We pray for discernment so that we may choose leaders who will guide us to God’s reign of justice and peace.
Adapted from USCCB

Prayer

May our nation choose wisely.

Action

In choosing to vote take your responsibility seriously. Which party and which candidate is most in line with your values? Who is most likely to work for the common good? Make sure you have studied the issues and know clearly what is involved.

Suggested Reading

When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked rule, the people mourn.
Proverbs 29:2

By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.
Proverbs 8:15

It is religion and morality alone which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free constitution is pure virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our People in a greater Measure, than they have it now, they may change their Rulers and the forms of Government, but they will not obtain a lasting liberty.
John Adams

Were my soul trembling on the wing of eternity, were this hand freezing to death, were my voice choking with the last struggle, I would still, with the last gasp of that voice, implore you to remember the truth: God has given America to be free.
Patrick Henry

Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.
Andrew Lac

The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.
John F. Kennedy

Half of the American people never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half.
Gore Vidal

If the Earth Could Vote  (Click to read).

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