11-04-2018 Our Right and Responsibility to Vote


Our Lady of the Holy Rosary-St. Richard Catholic Church
Journey of Faith
PLEASE VOTE THIS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2018
NOVEMBER 4, 2018 - 31ST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SAFE RELEASE OF LEAH SHARIBU AND OTHERS WHO ARE HELD CAPTIVE BECAUSE THEY REFUSE TO RENOUNCE THEIR CHRISTIAN FAITH
Opening Prayer
Scripture Readings
"Let us not see each other in the divisive light of Democrat or Republican or any other political party, but rather, let us see the face of Christ in our neighbors, especially the suffering or those with whom we may disagree.”

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville
"OUR RIGHT AND RESPONSIBILITY TO VOTE"
What are you doing to prepare yourself to vote on Election Day?

Pope Francis teaches,
An authentic faith . . . always involves a deep desire to change the world, to transmit values, to leave this earth somehow better than we found it. We love this magnificent planet on which God has put us, and we love the human family which dwells here, with all its tragedies and struggles, its hopes and aspirations, its strengths and weaknesses. The earth is our common home and all of us are brothers and sisters. If indeed “the just ordering of society and of the state is a central responsibility of politics,” the Church, “cannot and must not remain on the sidelines in the fight for justice.” (Evangelii Gaudium, no. 183)
There are many people who do much good but, due to the emphasis on the negative as “news,” such acts often are not publicized. However, there are many important and difficult issues facing our country and the world today, such as the disregard of human dignity, denigration of families, abortion, poverty, hunger, homelessness, violence, corruption, unfair wages and working conditions, immigration, inadequate and unaffordable health care and housing, threats against freedoms such as speech, the press, and religious tolerance, sexual trafficking, terrorism, war, refugees, unfair trade, racism, sexism, excessive and expanding debt, consumerism, income inequality, corporate irresponsibility, ecological destruction, genetic engineering, and many other issues.

Citizens are given the sacred right to vote to elect people to represent them in their governments to try to resolve these issues. We also have the corresponding duty to exercise that right. To do this we must equip and educate ourselves to understand and analyze the issues presented, and the candidates’ reasoned views on how to best resolve these issues. Not all issues may be of equivalent importance in the current context of our lives, nor should we decide based on only a couple of issues, nor on ads playing to our knee-jerk emotions.

As Catholics we are called to vote with an informed conscience and prayer for the common good, and
to use Catholic teaching to examine candidates’ positions on issues and should consider candidates’ integrity, philosophy, and performance. It is important for all citizens “to see beyond party politics, to analyze campaign rhetoric critically, and to choose their political leaders according to principle, not party affiliation or mere self-interest” (USCCB, Living the Gospel of Life, no. 33).
Your vote is important. Please vote.
Reflect on Your Experience

Is there any valid reason you could present to God for not exercising your precious right and responsibility to vote with an informed conscience?
U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults   Catecismo Catolico de Los Estadios Unidos para los Adultos  

Compendium on the Social Doctrine of the Church    Compendio de la Doctrina Social de la Iglesia

Videos
"Voting Catholic" (Busted Halo)

"Election 2018 - A Message to MN Catholics"

"Conscience and Moralty" (Bishop Robert Barron)

"Why What You Believe Matters" (Bishop Robert Barron)

Music
"As it is in Heaven"

"God of All My Days"

"You Say"
Other Resources
"Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship" (USCCB) [with a variety of resources in English and en Español]


Social Services and Other Charitable Resources

Other Resources on Catholic Social Teaching
Reflection
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