Is your spiritual life calling you to attend daily Mass? We all do our spirituality in different ways, some pray the Rosary, some reflect on Scripture, some pray the Liturgy of the Hours and some celebrate the Eucharist daily. Sharing in the Eucharist on a daily basis can be wonderfully enriching, should it be part of your spiritual journey?
As we get deeper into this presidential election years our conversations around presidential candidates can become a little more intense. With this in mind, the USCCB is calling us to CIVILIZE IT, A Divided Country. Fights at the dinner table can become louder. Political conversation can become cruel and nasty. STOP - - What does it mean to love our neighbors in the midst of such a climate?
As Catholics, we have a long tradition of engagement in the political process as a means of putting our faith into action. We are called to bring the best of our faith and ourselves to the public square—and yet today, many shy away from such involvement because our national and local conversations are filled with cruel and harsh language, often directed at the people we are in conversation with and don’t intend to hurt.
When personal attacks replace honest debate, no one wins. This kind of attack, no matter the reason, only serves to further divide our communities. As Catholics, we must model a better way. I invite you to join the Civilize It campaign by taking the pledge below as a way to promote civility, love our neighbors, and build community.
Civilize It is about making room in your heart for those with whom you disagree. We are called to recognize that each one of us is a beloved child of God and to respond in love to that reality. Civilize It is a non-partisan call to focus on the dignity of all people, even when we disagree, and to put faith in action by bearing witness to a better way forward.
Please read and agree to the pledge please sign onto it at www.wearesaltandlight.org/civilize-it
1. Civility - To recognize the human dignity of those with whom I disagree, treat others with respect, and rise above attacks when directed at me.
2. Clarity - To root my political viewpoints in the Gospel and a well-formed conscience, which involves prayer, conversation, study and listening. I will stand up for my convictions and speak out when I witness language that disparages others' dignity, while also listening and seeking to understand others’ experiences.
3. Compassion - To encounter others with a tone and posture which affirms that I honor the dignity of others and invites others to do the same. I will presume others’ best intentions and listen to their stories with empathy. I will strive to understand before seeking to be understood.
Finally, from the bag of kids say the darndest things about love. 'During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn't scared anymore.' Cindy - age 8
Let us continue to pray for and take action to bring about peace in our world!
In peace and courage,