If you watched last week’s presidential debate, you may also be scratching your head wondering what happened to fairness and civility in discourse.
This lack of civility has permeated every aspect of our communications, especially social media. It seems that the ability to rationally debate important topics has all but vanished. If you don’t embrace the politically correct viewpoint on an issue, you run the risk of being labeled a “hater,” a “bigot,” or worse.
In addition to this troubling reality, we have the phenomenon of the so-called “cancel culture” which seeks to destroy anyone who doesn’t go along with the zeitgeist of our time. Individuals have lost their reputations, businesses and even their livelihoods because they became the target of these vicious bullies.
As Catholic Christians, we have a responsibility to avoid calumny, detraction, and seek to understand before we rush to judgment. We are also called to be instruments of peace, always recognizing the dignity of the human person in our own communications with our friends AND our enemies.
Let us heed the advice of our beloved St. Francis of Assisi:
Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love,
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
-St. Francis of Assisi
Join us as we again gather online for our Rosary Crusade for the Soul of Our Nation and invite you to pick up your weapon, the Rosary, and pray with us this Wednesday at 4PM ET.
Below are resources to assist you and your loved ones in voting with an informed conscience.
A Country in Conflict: The Fight for the Soul of America, Parts 1 & 2 with Al Kresta
The Role of the Catholic in the Public Square, Part 1 & 2 with Samuel Gregg
Johnnette Discussed Voting with a Well-Formed Catholic Conscience on Today’s Women of Grace Live Radio Program
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