There have been some reflections in this bulletin about the upcoming election encouraging us to seek out the truth. The bishops of the United States say, “At the center of these truths is respect for the dignity of every person. This is the core of Catholic moral and social teaching.” The bishops denounce the taking of innocent human life through abortion, euthanasia or human cloning and express opposition to other assaults on human life, such as genocide, torture, racism, and the targeting of noncombatants in acts of terror or war.
Throughout their statement, the bishops make clear their central concern. “Our cause is the defense of human life and dignity and the protection of the weak and vulnerable.”
I hope that everyone will take the opportunity to vote on Tuesday. Below is a prayer from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) for the elections. I encourage you to pray this prayer for the next few days.
Prayer from USCCB for elections
Lord God, as the election approaches,
we seek to better understand the issues and concerns
that confront our city/state/country,
and how the Gospel compels us to respond
as faithful citizens in our community.
We ask for eyes that are free from blindness
so that we might see each other as brothers and sisters,
especially those who are victims of abuse and violence,
deceit and poverty.
We ask for ears that will hear the cries of children
unborn and abandoned,
men and women oppressed because of race or creed,
religion or gender.
We ask for minds and hearts that are open to hearing
the voice of leaders who will bring us closer to your kingdom.
We pray for discernment
so that we may choose leaders who hear your Word,
live your love,
and keep in the ways of your truth
as they follow in the steps of Jesus and his Apostles
and guide us to your kingdom of justice and peace.
We ask this in the name of your Son Jesus Christ
and through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
On Wednesday, Nov. 9th, members of our staff will be attending a workshop for staffs entitled: “A Year of Mercy – Putting it into Practice.” The parish office will be open.