Catholics Care. Catholics Vote! Taking time to vote is part of our Political Responsibility as faithful people!
"We need to participate for the common good. Sometimes we hear: a good Catholic is not interested in politics. This is not true: good Catholics immerse themselves in politics by offering the best of themselves so that the leader can govern."
Pope Francis, 9/16/13
I realize this year all of the political races are for local positions, so it is important to remember, quoting former Congressman Thomas “Tip” O’Niell "All politics is local." The root of our American society is how local decisions are made, because those decisions can speak and should speak loudly to our State and National leaders. If we are not expressing our opinions on public policy issues at a local level, our voices will not be as powerful on the higher levels of government.
It is asked, Who in the Church Should Participate in Political Life? In the Catholic tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation. As Catholics, we should be guided more by our moral convictions than by our attachment to any political party or interest group. In today’s environment, Catholics may feel politically disenfranchised, sensing that no party and few candidates fully share our comprehensive commitment to human life and dignity. This should not discourage us. On the contrary, it makes our obligation to act all the more urgent. Catholic lay women and men need to act on the Church’s moral principles and become more involved: running for office, working within political parties, and communicating concerns to elected officials. Even those who cannot vote should raise their voices on matters that affect their lives and the common good. Faithful citizenship is an ongoing responsibility, not just an election year duty.
In addition to a number of local positions up for election there is also the matter of a decision if we should hold a New York State Constitutional Convention. I would only encourage you to go to the many websites to study the issue, from what I have read there are many sides to the issue.
See you at the voting booth on Tuesday!
Let us continue to pray for peace and for the end of terrorism in our world!
In peace and courage,
PS – As one approaches 70 you have to look at life from a more humorous vantage point!
- My goal for 2017 was to lose 20 pounds…only 25 to go.
- Ate salad for dinner ... mostly croutons and tomatoes ... really just one big, round crouton covered with tomato sauce ... and cheese. Okay, FINE, it was a pizza... I ate a pizza!
- How to prepare Tofu in two easy steps: * Throw it in the trash. * Grill some meat.
- I just did a week's worth of cardio after walking into a spider web.
- I don't mean to brag but, I finished my 14-days of diet food in 3 hours and 20 minutes.
- A recent study has found women who carry a little extra weight live longer than men who mention it.
- Kids today don't know how easy they have it... when I was young, I had to walk over 9 feet of shag carpet to change the TV channel.
- Senility has been a smooth transition for me.
- Remember back when we were kids, and every time it was below zero outside, they closed school? Me neither.
- I may not be that funny, or athletic, or good looking, or smart, or talented ... I forgot where I was going with this.
- I love being almost 70; I learn something new every day. and forget 5 others.
- A thief broke into my house last night and started searching for money. I got up, and searched with him.
- I think I'll just put an "Out of Order" sticker on my forehead and call it a day.
Just remember, once you're over the hill, you begin to pick up speed