“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”(Luke 12:32)
Jesus had a lot to say about fear versus faith. Let us pray for the Church and our witness to the Gospel and for our nation as elections are held tomorrow, November 8th. As a special reminder, here in California we have a unique opportunity to end the use of the death penalty by voting YES on Prop 62 (& NO on Prop 66). We also have the opportunity to support restorative justice practices in our criminal justice system through a YES on 57 vote. In prayerfully voting on these and the many other initiatives and candidates for elected office, may we do so living out fully the “Joy of the Gospel.” In his Apostolic Exhortation with that title, Pope Francis wrote:
“We love this magnificent planet on which God has put us, and we love the human family which dwells here, with all its tragedies and struggles, its hopes and aspirations, its strengths and weaknesses. The earth is our common home and all of us are brothers and sisters.”
Let us remember that the heart of the God whom we worship “has a special place for the poor” (197) and that “we are called to care for the vulnerable of the earth” (209).
If you have not yet voted or continue to wrestle with our Catholic approach to the formation of conscience, Bishop Vann offers remarks from his friend Cardinal Wuerl here. Bishop Vann also recommends “A prayer for the welfare of the republic” by Bishop John Carroll. Please see as well the thorough FAQs and primary document from the USCCB, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship.
May we be agents for the common good and also agents of healing in what has been a very contentious election season! How can you reach out to someone else on a different side of the political spectrum and build bridges?
Peace and All Good,
Director, Office of Life, Justice & Peace