Has anyone noticed that we’re in a presidential election year? It would be hard to miss!
Our Faithful Citizenship is of ultimate importance to our Church and our Country. As promised a couple weeks ago, in this column, I over the next couple months share with you articles and materials to hopefully help you form your decision as you walk into the voting booth.
Every four years the U.S. Catholic Bishops update their document on Faithful Citizenship to encourage Catholics to be year-round, active participants in the political process. The Diocesan Public Policy Committee (DPPC) is encouraging parishes to use the resources provided by the USCCB (http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/faithful-citizenship/index.cfm). Among those resources you can find material to help you enter into civil dialogue and how to work at conscience formation, as well as an assortment of prayers.
In addition to sharing these resources, if you need assistance with the registration process, please let me know and we will help you. Please be aware you must register before October 14. The USCCB offers extensive and important information on how to remain nonpartisan, please go to (http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/faithful-citizenship/voter-education-and-voter-registration.cfm). I believe any these resources are fruitful as you prepare for our elections in November.
I recently found the following Prayer for Peace, written by Pope John Paul II, I thought I share it with you taking into consideration the violence we have seen over recent months which I addressed last week in my article.
O God, Creator of the universe, who extends your paternal concern over every creature and guides the
events of history to the goal of salvation, we acknowledge your fatherly love when you break the resistance of
mankind and, in a world torn by strife and discord, you make us ready for reconciliation. Renew for us the wonders
of your mercy; send forth your Spirit that he may work in the intimacy of hearts that enemies may begin to
dialogue, that adversaries may shake hands and peoples may encounter one another in harmony. May all commit
themselves to the sincere search for true peace which will extinguish all arguments, for charity which overcomes
hatred, for pardon which disarms revenge.
Let us continue to pray for peace and for end of terrorism in our world!
In peace and courage,