Greetings to you and grace from our Lord Jesus Christ, in whom is our hope and our redemption. I am writing to you on this occasion in order to address the upcoming general election, which touches all of our lives as residents and citizens of our beloved Country.
Election Day is November 8, 2016, and there has been no shortage of media coverage and discussion around the presidential nominees of the two major political parties. In our de facto two-party system, we often see our choices as being between “one or the other,” or just not to vote at all. I would caution against the latter attitude, because, as citizens of a democracy, we all share in the responsibility to participate in the political process, and thus promote the common good of our earthly society.
Our Catholic Faith ought to influence the way we live our daily lives, and it ought to influence the way we vote as well. Each Catholic has the responsibility to form his/her conscience so that he/she may make good moral choices, and that includes the way we vote.
I am enclosing a blog post from Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver, as it reflects an authentically Christian way of approaching this election and every election. I encourage you to read it and take it to heart. Additionally, on the reverse of this letter is a voting guide issued by the Diocese of Fort Worth. It contains a brief instruction on forming our consciences and some links to helpful documents online. Finally, I am enclosing a prayer card that I hope will be of use as we pray daily for our Country, her leaders, and the upcoming election.
May Christ our King always reign over our hearts and in our Land. May God’s will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. May God bless you and your families.
Yours in Christ,
Rev. Joseph Keating