Pastor’s Message 10/30/2016

November 7th, 2016 by Donna in Pastor Message Archive 2016
From the Desk of Father Dennis

Excerpts from Faithful Citizenship by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:

First and foremost, however, we remember that we relate to the civil order as citizens of the heavenly Kingdom, whose reign is not yet fully realized on earth but demands our unqualified allegiance. It is as citizens faithful to the Lord Jesus that we contribute most effectively to the civil order.

The struggles that we face as a nation and as a global community cannot be addressed solely by choosing the “best candidate” for political office. No, in addition to forming our consciences, we must fast and pray, asking our loving and gracious God to give us the ability to effectively proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ through our daily witness to our faith and its teachings. Let us all take to heart the urgency of our vocation to live in the service to others through the grace of Christ and ask humbly in prayer for an outpouring of the grace of the Holy Spirit on the United States of America.

The work for justice requires that the mind and the heart of Catholics be educated and formed to know and practice the whole faith.

(1) Why does the Church teach about issues affecting public policy? (2) Who in the Church should participate in political life?

What faith teaches about the dignity of the human person, about the sacredness of every human life, and about humanity’s strengths and weaknesses helps us see more clearly the same truths that also come to us through the gift of human reason. At the center of these truths is respect for the dignity of every person. This is the core of Catholic moral and social teaching. Because we are people of both faith and reason, it is appropriate and necessary for us to bring this essential truth about human life and dignity to the public square. We are called to practice Christ’s commandment to “love one another” (Jn 13:34). We are also called to promote the wellbeing of all, to share our blessings with those most in need, to defend marriage, and to protect the lives and dignity of all, especially the weak, the vulnerable, the voiceless. In his first encyclical letter, Deus Caritas Est, Pope Benedict XVI explained that “charity must animate the entire lives of the lay faithful and therefore also their political activity, lived as ‘social charity’” (no. 29).

Father Dennis writes: We must use our informed consciences to vote. We must pray, pray, and then pray some more. “Sitting this one out” and not voting is not an option for Catholics. We must make our voice heard.

Stay tuned for Part 2 next week.

In Christ,

Reverend Dennis J. Vincenzo

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