Peace & Justice

This is the blog of the Commission on Peace and Justice for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, New York.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Building Faithful Citizenship

Building Faithful Citizenship is a brief, weekly bulletin reflection on the U.S. Catholic Bishops' Document, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship.

For Sunday Bulletins on October 26

In today’s Gospel, Jesus gets to the core truth of living our faith: love God with all our heart, soul, mind AND our neighbor as ourselves. Our U.S. Catholic Bishops help us understand how Jesus’ great commandment relates to the November 2008 elections:

“As Catholics, we are led to raise questions for political life other than are we better off than we were two or four years ago? We focus on what protects or threatens human life and dignity. Because we are people of faith and reason, it is appropriate and necessary for us to bring this essential truth about human life and dignity to the public square.” (Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship 2007)

Reflection: How do you personally make important decisions, particularly about political issues/candidates? How does love for God and neighbor, especially poor and vulnerable sisters and brothers, inform your choices?