Monday, August 13, 2012
Feast of Saint Hippolytus
Good morning. With the ever approaching election we are increasingly reminded of our civic responsibility for the common good and our duty to participate in the election. We are likewise reminded of our civic responsibility in today’s Gospel. Our civic responsibility is likewise to reflect the moral law in fulfilling our civic responsibility for the good of all. Our civic responsibility to protect the common good comes to us by way of our life in Christ. The Church instructs us that we are morally bound in conscience to choose leaders at all levels of government who will best serve the common good. The Church instructs us that we cannot knowingly vote for someone who supports intrinsically evil acts such as abortion or same-sex “marriage.” There are certainly other things we must consider in fulfilling our civic responsibility of voting, but our first consideration must be given to the protection of human life itself, without which it makes no sense to consider other social conditions. With that in mind, Blessed Pope John Paul II reminded us in Evangelium Vitae that "No circumstance, no purpose, no law whatsoever can ever make licit an act which is intrinsically illicit, since it is contrary to the Law of God which is written in every human heart, knowable by reason itself, and proclaimed by the Church" In the coming weeks leading into Election Day there will be considerable efforts made to sway our opinion even by individuals proclaiming to speak with authority for the Church suggesting that we can legitimately vote for a candidate who openly supports abortion or same-sex “marriage.” As Catholics we must first protect, before all else, human life and the dignity of marriage and family. Above all, we must first defend the right to life. Make a great day!
Today we recall the good life, gifts, and work of Saint Hippolytus.
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