November 7

Reflection

As the election approaches, we seek to better understand the issues and concerns that confront our country and how to respond as citizens. We try to see each other as one and equal in dignity. We are aware of those oppressed because of race or creed, religion or gender. We are open to those who seek to make a better life among us. We pray for discernment so that we may choose leaders who keep us walking in the ways of truth and who guide us with justice and peace.

Prayer

As we prepare for this election, may we take our social responsibility to register to vote, to pray, to study the issues and the candidates and then vote from our Gospel values on November 8th. May our choices take into account the poor, vulnerable and our common home. We pray for our elected leaders so that wisdom and prudence may give them the strength to make decisions that are right and true. We pray for our future leaders and let them know our concerns for justice. We ask the Spirit of God to be with all of us during this election. We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Sr. Rose Therese Nolta, SSpS

May we make choices for the good of all.

Action

Seriously reflect on the candidates. Make an objective decision about what is best for this nation.

Suggested Reading

Choose some wise, understanding and respected men from each of your tribes, and I will set them over you,
Deuteronomy 1:13

The greatest among you shall be your servant.
Matthew 23:11

A nation can be considered great when it defends liberty as Lincoln did, when it fosters a culture which enables people to “dream” of full rights for all their brothers and sisters, as Martin Luther King sought to do; when it strives for justice and the cause of the oppressed, as Dorothy Day did by her tireless work, the fruit of a faith which becomes dialogue and sows peace in the contemplative style of Thomas Merton.
Pope Francis to the US Congress, September 24, 2015

In the end, that’s what this election is about. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or a politics of hope?
Barack Obama

Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.
Abraham Lincoln

A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.
Theodore Roosevelt

Leadership is not about the next election, it’s about the next generation.
Simon Sine

The first task of a leader is to keep hope alive.
Joe Batten

Popularity should be no scale for the election of politicians. If it would depend on popularity, Donald Duck and The Muppets would take seats in senate.
Orson Welles

The poll that matters is the one that happens on Election Day.
 Heather Wilson

Voting is how we participate in a civic society – be it for president, be it for a municipal election. It’s the way we teach our children – in school elections – how to be citizens, and the importance of their voice.
Loretta Lynch

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