Two Events this Week Needing Prayer and Reflection:

Bishops’ Meetings: Bishop Kemme has sent a letter to all of us priests to ask their lay faithful to pray for them as they are meeting in Washington D.C. for the annual bishops’ gathering. They will be seriously making a self-examination and considering the necessary steps to correct areas of clergy abuse in their dioceses. Please pray for humble honesty, courage, and trust in the Holy Spirit in effectively addressing this issue.

Voting: Who in the Church should participate in Political Life? In the Catholic Tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation for all eligible. As Catholics, we should be guided more by our moral convictions, paying close attention to candidates' integrity, philosophy, and performance, rather than simply our previous attachment to a political party or interest group. Catholic women and men need to act on the Church's moral principles and become more involved: running for office, working within political parties, and communicating concerns to elected officials. (quote from Faithful Citizenship, by the USCCB). The Bible says this in Romans 13:1-7 “Let every person be subordinate to the higher authorities… for it [the authority] is a servant of God for your good… This is why you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, devoting themselves to this very thing. Pay to all their dues [taxes and/or honor].” The disregard for the universal right to life is a key issue which always warrants our attention. During the terrible period of legalized slavery in the Americas 1600’s-1863, there were prominent members of the Catholic hierarchy that spoke out; yet the Church remained somewhat unorganized and un-united in approach as a body. May we be sensitive to all the issues, but give priority to do all in our power to protect those most innocent and vulnerable in our society. Know the candidates and get out and vote on Tuesday.