Faithful Citizenship, Part 2
Faithful Citizenship, Part 2--July 16, 2020 COVID-19 Faith Reflection
Please join me in giving thanks for our elected public servants. They serve as county judges, circuit judges, mayors, county commissioners, city commissioners, legislators, school board members, and soil and water conservation members, to name a few.
We give thanks for the many people of good will who accept the call to public office. They sacrifice their evenings and weekends. They get a lot of grief and little gratitude. Setting aside time from work and family, our elected public servants have taken to heart every citizen’s duty to participate in politics. Thank you!
As Catholics, political action is not an optional activity. It is a requirement of our faith. “In the Catholic tradition,” our bishops write, “responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation.”
Faith requires more than participating in Sunday Mass. Our bishops add, “The Church’s obligation to participate in shaping the moral character of society is a requirement of our faith.” Faith requires connecting Monday with Sunday.
The Florida primary election is Tuesday, August 18 and the
voter registration deadline to vote in this primary is Monday, July 20
. If you are not registered to vote by July 20, you cannot vote in the primary election. (You have until October 5 to register for the general election.)
There are many convenient ways to register to vote. You may register at public libraries, DHSMV drivers license offices, centers for independent living, offices providing public assistance or serving persons with disabilities, armed forces recruiting offices, and supervisor of elections offices. You may also
When you register to vote, consider checking the box to receive your ballot in the mail. I have been voting for years by mail. It gives me the time to study the candidates and issues. In these times, vote by mail avoids the polls and saves me from the possibility of exposure to covid-19.
If you have registered to vote,
! You are fulfilling your obligation to participate in political life.
You are flexing the virtue of responsible citizenship.
Here’s a challenge—pass along to a friend how they can register to vote. If they have registered, all is well. If they have not registered, the link might be the nudge they need. Simply copy and paste a simple message such as, “You can register to vote by July 20 for the August 18 primary election
. You can find your Florida county voting website at
Before voting, we are obligated to form our consciences. Our bishops have written
Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship
, their teaching document on the political responsibility of Catholics. It provides trusted guidance for all who seek to exercise their rights and duties as citizens.
Foremost amongst those teachings are the four basic principles of Catholic social doctrine: the dignity of the human person, the common good, subsidiarity, and solidarity (
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
, no. 160). With this foundation, Catholics are better able to evaluate policy positions, party platforms, and candidates’ promises and actions in light of the Gospel and the moral and social teaching of the Church in order to help build a better world.
The bishops do not intend to tell Catholics for whom or against whom to vote. Their purpose is to help Catholics form their consciences in accordance with God’s truth. Visit
to put your faith into action in the August 18 primary election.
Please pray for the children receiving on Saturday their
. Christ gives us himself, Body and Blood, soul and divinity, that we share in communion with God. It is the gift for eternal life!
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