Election Day

I couldn’t help but think of election day when I read from the Office of Readings this morning.   In Maccabees we read (my translation):  “Matthias responded with a loud voice, ‘ Even  if all the people of the world listen to the commands of the king and all abandon the faith of their fathers and adhere to the king’s demands, I and my family will walk in the covenant and traditions of our ancestors’ “. 

So many of us get swept up in the crowd, making decisions based on the emotion of the moment. Perhaps the words of the Maccabees are worth pondering.  Do we recall the values we hold as Catholics when we enter the voting booth?  Do we protect human life with our votes, or are we most concerned about our retirement funds?  How many of us have read and considered seriously the bishops document “Faithful Citizenship” before casting our votes this year?  May our new president, senators and representatives be inspired by the Holy Spirit to make and enforce life-enhancing policies and laws, protect our liberty and enhance the common good.

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Moderator: Deacon Bob Yerhot of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester, Minnesota.
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