We developed a set of Columban priorities that include ecological and economic justice and a just immigration policy. These priorities reflect our faithful values to care for God’s Creation and respect the dignity and worth of all people. This list is in no way exhaustive. We hope you share some of our priorities, but there are likely others that are important to you that didn’t make it on our short list this time. As we begin this journey and prepare to vote, we invite you to pray and reflect with us on the disposition of your heart and ask yourself these questions:
- Am I being attentive to the teachings of Jesus and His Church?
- Am I hearing the cry of the poor, or is it drowned out by the incessant rhetoric of the media?
- Am I allowing Christian values and the teachings of the Church to help form my conscience so that my vote is carefully thought out and represents the values of the Kingdom more than any particular candidate or party?
With this kind of “penitential” rite, we can begin to educate ourselves and arrive at positions rooted in God’s love, love of neighbor, concern for the poor and the whole of Creation.
Once you have meditated on these questions of faith deep in your heart, put together a list of your own election 2012 priorities. Take the pledge below to make this list.
I pledge to make a list of my election priorities.