Yes, we all know an election is coming. If you don’t, then there is no way you are reading this.
Prayer: I must start here. I do not put hope in presidents. That belongs to God. I invite / inform / insist that we start with prayer. To that end we will have a vigil prayer service at 7 pm the night before the election. I would like to have adoration all night, leading into adoration all day on election day. Come beg Jesus to have mercy on our country.
Education: learn the Catholic moral principles that are at stake and where the candidates stand on them. Here is the link to the website which is a joint effort of the bishops here in our Commonwealth: vacatholic.org
Conscience: Yes, you must vote your conscience. However, this does not mean your feelings. It means your last, best judgment in applying moral principles to the specifics of the decision. This is why learning the Catholic moral principles above is essential. Beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing. Many Catholics will try to turn the principle of conscience to justify immoral positions. A judgement of conscience which rejects revealed truth is sinful.
Turn off the news and avoid listening to ad hominem arguments, smear campaigns are accelerating, all in an effort to prove how vile the enemy is. Satan is the father of lies, and he is slinging them in full force.
My new principle I have come up with during this election cycle: Spend more time praying than watching the news. Ouch. Am I seeking first the Kingdom of God, or the USA?
Father John Mosimann