November 5

 Election Day

Reflection

On this election day let us to prayerfully reflect on our political responsibility within a politically and religiously diverse nation. It is important to vote according to a well-formed conscience that perceives a balanced relationship among varying moral goods. All issues do not carry the same moral weight and the good of the nation and the world are larger than party loyalties. Jesus set a standard we can hold, “But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be servant of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve.” Mark 10:42

 Prayer

We pray that all who are called to be leaders at all levels of civic life may work in the spirit of justice and respect for the human rights of all people.

Action

No matter what the inconvenience or difficulty, vote today. Make the best choice you can for the good of our nation.

Suggested Reading

Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat, so practice and observe whatever they tell you—but not what they do. For they preach, but do not practice. They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move them with their finger.
Matthew 23:1-39

“For,” said Peter, “it is written in the book of Psalms, ”May another take his place of leadership.’Therefore it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from John’s baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection.” So they proposed two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias.Then they prayed, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen to take over this apostolic ministry…”  Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles.
Acts 1:12–26

Every believer in this world of ours must be a spark of light, a center of love, a vivifying leaven amidst the world community.
Pope John XXIII

Give us leaders who lead this nation to virtue without seeking to impose our kind of virtue on the virtue of others.
Prayer for Leadership, Joan Chittister, OSB

Voting is the most precious right of every citizen, and we have a moral obligation to ensure the integrity of our voting process.
Hillary Clinton

Those who stay away from the election think that one vote will do no good: ‘Tis but one step more to think one vote will do no harm.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

A politician thinks of the next election. A statesman, of the next generation.
James Freeman Clarke

Genuine politics — every politics worthy of the name — the only politics I am willing to devote myself to — is simply a matter of serving those around us: serving the community and serving those who will come after us. Its deepest roots are moral because it is a responsibility expressed through action, to and for the whole.
Vaclav Havel

 

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