We have journeyed together for the past five weeks in this E-Journey to the Election, exploring issues that Columban missionaries have identified as important for prayer and action in preparation for the upcoming national elections based on our missionary experience, Catholic Social Teaching, and campaigns sponsored by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
We recognize that there are many issues to consider and in the first week of our Journey series we invited you to identify the issues about which you feel passionate in discerning your decision at the polls. Faithful citizenship begins in the inner sacred space of prayer and extends to engagement in our local communities, national dialogue and global awareness. According to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, in their statement Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, the bishops state, “In the Catholic Tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation” (No. 13).
Please join me in asking for God’s grace and guidance as we elect national public servants. In Luke’s gospel we read, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free”. (Lk 4:18) May we be reminded that our civic participation does not end once we leave the voting booth but continues in our daily commitments to be a witness and voice of hope for justice and peace in the world.
Wishing you peace and blessings,
Amy Woolam Echeverria
Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach