Monday, November 05, 2012

A Matter of "Is" And "Ought"

And on this Election Eve, back by popular demand for one last airing, fullvid of the March lecture given by the principal leader of America's largest religious body on the core principles of the social teaching that forms and informs the life of some 70 million souls – and, today, voters – on these shores....

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Lord God,
as the election approaches,
we seek to better understand the issues and concerns that confront our cities, states, and country,
and how the Gospel compels us to respond as faithful citizens in our community.

We ask for eyes that are free from blindness
so that we might see each other as brothers and sisters,
one and equal in dignity,
especially those who are victims of abuse and violence, deceit and poverty.

We ask for ears that will hear the cries of children unborn and those abandoned,
Men and women oppressed because of race or creed, religion or gender.
We ask for minds and hearts that are open to hearing the voice of leaders who will bring us closer to your Kingdom.

We pray for discernment
so that we may choose leaders who hear your Word,
live your love,
and keep in the ways of your truth
as they follow in the steps of Jesus and his Apostles
and guide us to your Kingdom of justice and peace.

We ask this in the name of your Son,
Jesus Christ,
and through the power of the Holy Spirit.

...and with that – at long, blessed last – Church, the choice is yours.