Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Vote: We Can't Sit It Out

Today is Election Day in the United States of America.  As Americans and as Catholics, we have a responsibility and a duty to vote.  I had seriously thought about sitting this one out because I absolutely cannot vote for Barack Obama and I am highly skeptical of Mitt Romney.  But this one is just too important. And it is about more than the presidential race.  We also must consider our local races.  There are many good candidates running for office, men and women who support Godly traditional values and morals.  They need our support and our vote.

We are in the middle of a great spiritual war.  The sides are clearly delineated.  As Blessed John Paul II told us, it is the Culture of Death versus the Culture of Life.  I don't believe the results of the election will necessarily change the course of our nation, but it can certainly mitigate the damages and perhaps give us more time so that we can hopefully change the road that we are on.  If Barack Obama and the Democrats are given four more years, the United States of America as we know it will cease to exist. That is not hyperbole.  It is that serious.  Americans voted for the Culture of Death in 2008, and we have seen the disastrous results:  a ruined economy, a more deeply divided country than we have ever seen, greater dependency on the government, and for Catholics, a direct attack on our Church, our beliefs and our way of life.  I'm not trying to sound like a Republican attack ad on the Democrats, but those are the facts.

So pray about your choice, and then get out there and vote.  Do the right thing.

I have copied below an Election Prayer which National Catholic Register reposted from Catholicvote.org:
CatholicVote.org has released "An Election-Year Prayer" by Cardinal Raymond Burke, prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura at the Vatican: 
O Lord Jesus Christ, you alone are the Way, the Truth and the Life.
In your Church, you show us the way, you teach us the truth, and you give us your life. 
Grant, we humbly beg you, that, always and in all things, we may be faithful to you in your holy Church and to your vicar on earth, the Supreme Pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI. 
Grant also, we beg you, that, in these times of decision, all who profess to be Catholic and who are entrusted with the sacred duty to participate in public life may, by the strength of your grace, unwaveringly follow your way and faithfully adhere to your truth, living in you with all their mind and heart, for your greater glory, the salvation of souls and the good of our nation. 
Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of America, pray for us. 
St. Thomas More, patron of religious freedom, pray for us.

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