To those who are interested


logoNow that the Election Day is over, as superior of the Franciscans of Life, consistent with our mission to bring Christ to the voiceless and to hear the whisper of Christ’s voice coming from those whom the world tries to silence, I exhort everyone to focus on what is truly important.

Gloating, because your candidate won, does nothing for the voiceless Christ, neither does complaining and whining because your candidate did not achieve the necessary votes to win the White House.

But as people of good will, especially those who are people of faith, our focus should never be on partisan triumph.  Our Holy Father St. Francis addressed this issue very clearly in his letter to the Rulers of the People.

Know that you are beholden to render an account before your Lord God Jesus Christ on the day of Judgment. Let those who keep this writing with them and observe it know that they are blessed by the Lord God.”

In a democratic society, every citizen is part of the machinery that rules the people.  Therefore, every citizen has the moral obligation to uphold moral law and the social teaching of the Gospel, as well the moral obligation to cooperate with fellow citizens so that Christ’s words may be fulfilled.

“That they all may be one, as thou, Father, in me, and I in thee; that they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that thou hast sent me,” (Jn 17:21). 

Let us never forget that the sanctity of life begins at conception, but it does not fade at birth.  Every life is sacred in the eyes of God.  Therefore, let us work together for the right to be born, the right to live free of war and terrorism, the right to expect assistance from our human family in times of natural disaster, the right to live free of domestic violence and abuse, and the right to die when God calls us home, not when man decides that the time has come to “checkout.”

The sanctity of human life demands that all of us do whatever is possible to do the best for as many people as we can and never do anything to deliberately violate the respect that is due to another person’s life, because the life that person lives, be he a saint or a demon, remains sacred because it flows from the hand of the Creator.

Political unity was not the sole intention of Jesus’ prayer, but unity of faith.  However, as Maria sings in the Sound of Music, “Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start.”

Finally, the Franciscans of Life commit to work with all men and women. We commit ourselves to work for the unity that Christ wants.

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