Prayer for an Election Year
Thank you for inviting each of us to join in your work
of building the kingdom of love, justice, and peace.
Draw us close to you in prayer
as we discern your call in our families and communities.
Send us forth to encounter all whom you love:
those not yet born, those in poverty, those in need of welcome.
Inspire us to respond to the call to faithful citizenship,
during election season and beyond.
Help us to imitate your charity and compassion
and to serve as models of loving dialogue.
Teach us to treat others with respect, even when we disagree,
and seek to share your love and mercy.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God forever and ever.
Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
“Catholic faithful are called to political engagement shaped by the moral convictions of well-formed consciences and focused on the dignity of every human being, the pursuit of the common good, and the protection of the weak and the vulnerable,” the conference stated in a bulletin announcement sent to all Catholic parishes.
This year’s election dates are August 18th (primary) and November 3rd (general). For everything anyone may need from the Candidate Questionnaire Project is conveniently located in the links below or at the www.flaccb.org/cqp. The website offers links to finding district numbers across the state and to all the county supervisors of elections.
To help inform voters before casting their ballots, the positions of the presidential candidates on a range of issues have been compiled from policies, public statements, official and campaign websites, and other resources. Click on tle links below to see where the candidates stand on the issues that matter to catholic.
In their statement on Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, the U.S. Catholic bishops remind Catholics, “We are called to bring together our principles and our political choices, our values and our votes, to help build a better world” (no. 14).
As Catholics, we are called to faithful citizenship through a well formed conscience. But what does that mean? How do we form our conscience? Learn what faithful citizenship is and educate yourself on what the Church teaches about the 4 principles of Catholic Social Teaching. Learn how to apply these teachings to current issues.
Click here the read the USCCB United States Conference of Catholic Bishops – Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship resource page.
As Catholics, we are obligated and privileged to participate in shaping a moral society. The Church’s moral teaching, rooted in Scripture, helps us understand the issues. The role of the Church is to form consciences for faithful citizenship. It is not to tell us for whom to vote or which party to join. The responsibility to make political choices rests with each person and his or her properly formed conscience. For more information, contact Frances Stadler, email@example.com .
13 Major issues presented by the bishops: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/faithful-citizenship/forming-consciences-for-faithful-citizenship-part-two.cfm
Four Principles of Catholic Social Teaching: The Dignity of the Human Person, Subsidiarity, Solidarity, and the Common Good: . http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/faithful-citizenship/forming-consciences-for-faithful-citizenship-part-one.cfm
2 minute podcasts on 11 Catholic Social Teaching podcasts: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/faithful-citizenship/podcast-issues.cfm
Vote, and the choice is yours.
Don’t vote, and the choice is theirs.
Register, or you have no choice!
FCCB (Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops)
Blogs/Articles for our youth
Advice for Casting Your First Votes, Life Teen
A Guide to Catholic Voting, Our Sunday Visitor
Freedom, Life Teen
Bishop John Noonan’s homily at the Respect Life Conference in Orlando: Let Nothing Disturb You –
FLCAN is a statewide, grassroots network established by the bishops of Florida that makes it easy for Catholics to stay informed and take action on public policy issues affecting human life and dignity.
The network provides the opportunity to collaborate with Catholics throughout Florida and across the nation to encourage lawmakers to protect all human life, defend the dignity of the most vulnerable members of our society, and promote the common good.
FLCAN allows you to speak out on behalf of the poor, the disabled, the sick or dying, the unborn, the elderly, families and children, immigrants, the imprisoned, and others in need.
By raising our voices together, we strengthen the presence of the Catholic faithful in the public square!
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