Part 6 — Vigilance and Reconciliation
Following is the last in a
six-part series by Bishop Paul S. Loverde on forming
our consciences as Catholics prior to the November presidential election.
"In recent months we have seen how anger and fear have divided us. Our future must be one marked by respect and unity if we are to be a people worthy of the legacy of freedom and justice we have inherited from our ancestors."
On November 9, 2016, many Americans will be joyful that their
candidate has been elected; others will be bitter because their candidate has
lost; still others will be indifferent because they are not interested in (or
they are alienated from) the political process in our country.
No matter who is elected president, as faithful Catholics and
engaged citizens we must awake on November 9 committed to vigilance and
First of all we must be vigilant. We will continue to remain ever
alert to all threats to human life, to the truth about marriage and the
authentic meaning of human sexuality, and to human dignity, especially threats
to restrict religious liberty, our first freedom.
Secondly, we must be committed to promoting reconciliation among
members of families, friends, co-workers and fellow parishioners. Too often,
the recent political divisions in our country have manifested themselves in
these most important relationships.
Also, there needs to be reconciliation among members of different
political parties who must overcome partisan divisions and work together to
promote the common good of all people in our society. Yes, there needs to be
reconciliation that leads to healing among all citizens in our country.
In recent months we have seen how anger and fear have divided us.
Our future must be one marked by respect and unity if we are to be a people
worthy of the legacy of freedom and justice we have inherited from our
A recurring theme in this series of articles has been
a plea for prayer and fasting.
In anticipation of the election, I encouraged the recitation of
the novena prayer to Mary, the Immaculate Conception, Patroness of the United
forward, let us continue to offer this prayer, the Rosary, and the petitions in
the General Intercessions at Mass for our country.
I also invite you to join me in the voluntary practice of
fasting, especially the weekly abstinence from meat on Fridays and other forms
of self-denial, like the “digital fast”, as an offering for the welfare of our
No matter who is the winner of the election on November 8, as
Catholics, we will be leaders November 9, if, by our commitment to vigilance
and to reconciliation, we help foster the goal of making our country One Nation