There is much being shared in the media these days about the upcoming election and many people have shared with one another how they are struggling to make a decision about casting their vote. The information from our Church in this regard is rooted in a document named; “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship” which you can find on the diocesan website at www.stcdio.org . This document represents the U.S. Bishop’s guidance for Catholics in the exercise of their rights and duties as citizens in our democracy. From the Catechism of the Catholic Church we learn this about our conscience:
“Deep within his conscience man discovers a law which he has not laid upon himself but which he must obey. Its voice ever calling him to love and to do what is good and avoid evil, sounds in his heart at the right moment . . . For man has in his heart a law inscribed by God . . . His conscience is man’s most secret core and his sanctuary. There he is alone with God whose voice echoes in his depths.” CCC 1776
The Catechism also includes instruction regarding the formation of our conscience; that it is a life-long task and that we have a responsibility to actively seek a wellformed conscience. As we contemplate something like a national election we must be informed, we must take time to learn and discern. We must use the Word of God as a guide to making an informed decision, we must pray for insight and we must each go to that inner most core and sanctuary to be with God as we make our decision. If we can attempt with all good intention to do this, we can reap the benefit of the grace of God and be at peace in our decision.
Let us pray as we prepare to vote:
All knowing and loving God, hear our plea for your
guidance as we act as responsible citizens and
participate in choosing leaders to guide our country.
Gift us with your wisdom and assist us in our
discernment that we might uphold the dignity of all
people and the call to respect all life and creation.
Grant us courage to use our vote as a voice to uphold
what is right and good and in union with your divine
law. We ask this in the name of your Son, our Lord Jesus
Trusting in God’s guidance,
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC