As Catholics, our faith helps us sort out the many complicated issues we face during an election and leads us to an informed decision about which candidate to vote for. Hopefully, this video and guide will help you make the best possible moral, faith-filled choice as you vote in this election.
Protecting All Life
In recent years, Pope Francis has provided explicit instruction on the many ways we are called to defend, promote, and protect the sacredness of life. In his writing and speaking, Pope Francis makes it clear: abortion is not the only issue that matters. The following are his words:
Gaudete et Exsultate March 2018
- Our defense of the innocent unborn, for example, needs to be clear, firm and passionate, for at stake is the dignity of a human life, which is always sacred and demands love for each person, regardless of his or her stage of development.
Equally sacred, however, are the lives of the poor, those already born, the destitute, the abandoned and the underprivileged, the vulnerable infirm and elderly exposed to covert euthanasia, the victims of human trafficking, new forms of slavery, and every form of rejection. We cannot uphold an ideal of holiness that would ignore injustice in a world where some revel, spend with abandon and live only for the latest consumer goods, even as others look on from afar, living their entire lives in abject poverty
Note from Fr. Jay:
When preparing to vote Catholics should study all the issues, pray for God’s Spirit to guide you, then follow your conscience to decide who to vote for.
Prayer for the Elections
God of our nation,
We ask for your guidance as we approach our election season.
Send your Spirit of wisdom to enlighten our choices as we select men and women for key government roles.
Give us hearts that promote the welfare of every person, regardless of race, religion, or age; make us seekers of the common good and champions of unity and peace.
Through our discernment, may we look beyond political loyalties to stand with each person as brother and sister, promoting basic human rights and dignity for all.
Help us to seek truth and Christian values in our candidates and in ourselves. May our vote be a testimony to the strength of our faith in Jesus Christ, who chose to identify with all humanity, especially the poor and marginalized.
Recreate us, gracious God; may our country humbly assume its leadership role in this world, promoting the values of your kingdom and the reign of justice for all people everywhere, as you intended. Amen.