November 8

Reflection

On this Election Day let us prayerfully reflect on our 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 various goods. All issues do not carry the same moral weight and the good of the nation and the world is larger than party loyalties. It is vital to discern whose commitment to public service for the common good is deserving of the public trust. This is not a contest of popularity but of the ability to lead well. Jesus set the 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 each of us may be able to see what is for the good of this nation and choose wisely.

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

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

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

My fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.
John F. Kennedy

 

 

 

 

 

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