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(2Ch 7:14) And my people, upon whom my name is called, being converted, shall make supplication to me, and seek out my face, and do penance for their most wicked ways: then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sins and will heal their land.

POPE FRANCIS:  "Study the proposals well, pray and choose in conscience."



TRADITIONAL CATHOLIC PRIEST: Should I Vote for Cyrus or Antiochus?

: Voting as a Catholic in 2016

ARCHBISHOP CHARLES CHAPUT: About Those Unthinking, Backward Catholics

Trump: A Far From Perfect Fighting Chance

Donald Trump's letter to Catholic leaders


I am committed to: 


The Fear of Accountability
Why Trump will get my vote

NATIONAL REVIEW: The Case for Trump

Father Joseph Esper: Living in a Pro-Life Manner

The relationship between words and deeds always becomes especially timely and important in an election year.  Politicians make lots of promises; they pretend to mean what they’re saying, and voters pretend to believe them.  It’s considered rare and noteworthy when elected candidates actually keep their promises and remain true to their principles when in office—and, most of the time, those unusual persons earn our respect, even if we disagree with them politically.  We have an unusual situation this election year in that both candidates for president are distrusted by a majority of their fellow citizens; it’s very easy to find instances in which their words are not matched by their deeds, and it’s hard to picture either of them uniting our nation and helping our society turn back to God.  Many Americans are understandably worried, confused, and frightened, especially those of us who are old enough to remember election years when it was possible to respect both presidential candidates, even if we didn’t agree with their positions.

When talking about hypocrisy, we can easily point the finger at political candidates—but as the saying goes, when we point a finger at someone else, three of our own fingers are pointed back at ourselves.  This truth is especially relevant on Respect Life Sunday, which is being observed today (10/2/16).  We are confronted by the question “Do we truly live in a pro-life manner, or are our fine-sounding words contradicted by our deeds?”  We may be verbally opposed to abortion and euthanasia—but if we are unkind and uncaring toward the people around us, we’re not really putting our faith into practice.  We may say we’re proud to be Catholic, but if we’re not active in the Church through our presence, our contributions, and our service, we haven’t placed God at the center of our lives.  We may believe we’re pleasing to God, but if we’re nursing any grudges or harboring unforgive-ness toward others, we’re not listening to the voice of His Holy Spirit.  We may consider ourselves good persons—but if we’re not responding with compassion to the suffering of people around us, we’re not fooling God, even if we are deluding ourselves.  We may claim to be followers of Jesus, but if we vote for pro-abortion candidates, we’re not living as His disciples or demonstrating a desire to be part of His Kingdom.

The late Fr. Paul Marx, founder of the pro-life organization Human Life International, used to say that if God has indeed numbered the very hairs of our heads, He certainly keeps track of every vote we cast for a pro-life, or a pro-abortion, candidate.  As Catholics, we will be judged not only on our beliefs, but especially on our actions—including those we perform on election day.  How terrible it would be to stand before the judgment seat of God and have to explain why we ignored the teachings of the Church and voted for pro-abortion candidates; or why we engaged in hateful thoughts, words or actions; or why we went along with the values and priorities of this world, even as we called ourselves Christians.  On that day no excuses, rationalizations, or self-deceptions will be possible; every act of malice, selfishness, and hypocrisy will be exposed.  In contrast, how happy we will be if it’s shown that our daily actions were consistent with our religious beliefs, that our treatment of others truly was rooted in our love for God, and that our efforts to live as followers of Jesus bore fruit in every area of our lives, including in the voting booth.

Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 7- "On Joy-Making Mourning"

33. Stripped by the fear of God, let us train ourselves in all these ways, and acquire for ourselves pure and guileless tears over our dissolution. For their is no dissimulation or self-esteem in them, but on the contrary there is purification, progress in love for God, washing away of sin, and dispassion.

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