Lord, how good it is for us to be here -- Matthew 17

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Sunday, September 13, 2020

Dear Friends,

The Season of Creation began on September 1! I invite you to join the Ignatian family, along with thousands of Christians around the world, to celebrate, pray, and take action during this ecumenical celebration that lasts though St. Francis Day on October 4.

In this time of overlapping crises, holding time in your daily routine to act on climate crisis can feel overwhelming. During this Season of Creation, I encourage you to start simple with ONE new daily habit for a healthy planet.

Step one: Choose ONE daily action to repeat each day throughout the 34 days that will renew your relationship with crea-tion or that will allow you to explore a radical new way of living with creation.
Step two: Sign up and officially pledge to commit to ONE habit daily throughout the 34 days of the Season of Creation.
Step three: Put your healthy habit for the planet into action! If desired, we will send a daily email or text message reminder to keep you motivated. Sign Up for the Season of Creation Challenge at: ignatiansolidarity.net

In the past I have been accused of showing too much of my political beliefs. I will admit that may be true, but I have never told any-one how to vote. Your voting decision is yours, reflecting your appropriate study and discernment.

Unfortunately there are some Catholic priests are falsely claiming it's a sin to vote for certain candidates. This isn't just bad policy -- it's bad theology, and can be a distortion of both the Gos-pel and Catholic teaching. One prominent priest in Wisconsin went as far as to say, "You cannot be Catholic and a Democrat”. I really don’t care if he said Republican or Democrat; a statement like this is just irresponsible on the part of anyone in a ministerial position.

The truth is Catholic teaching allows discerning Catholics to vote for any candidate. Both the U.S. Bishops' Conference and retired Pope Benedict have acknowledged that voters must weigh multiple moral issues at the polls -- including workers' rights, pro-tecting the poor, and stopping racism.

As Catholics, we cannot allow the Gospel to be distorted by hateful agendas. Thank you for everything you do to love your neighbor, allowing our Christianity to a motivating force in our vot-ing decisions, no matter what political party we are a member.

Let us continue to pray for and take action to bring about peace in our world!
In peace and courage,


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