Discerning your personal action in preparing to vote

By Wynn Touney

In a Sept. 13, 2013 statement, Pope Francis emphasized, “We need to participate for the common good. Sometimes we hear, a good Catholic is not interested in politics. This is not true, good Catholics immerse themselves in politics by offering the best of themselves so that leaders can govern.”

As we have all experienced a full dose of political action these past weeks, we are now needing to discern our personal action and vote. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishop offers excellent documents, such as “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, part 1 and 2″ and others offerings to help you form your vote.

Bishop Walker Nickless’ column in the July 28 edition of The Catholic Globe was an excellent focus and worth reviewing as we approach that important day. While preparing to vote, our most important task will be to pray for our country.

Province Director Mary Ann Ruether of Le Mars, for the Archdiocese of Dubuque (State of Iowa) recently encouraged the released request from the National Council of Catholic Women entitled “A Million Works of Mercy” in this Jubilee Year of Mercy.

As women in the diocese, as well as dioceses throughout the nation, are involved in various works of mercy, this effort provides a wonderful opportunity to highlight and acknowledge the ways all can and will serve the needs of their family, their church, their community and the nation.

Each woman or parish representative is asked to tally the ways in which the women have completed the corporal and spiritual works of mercy through the year. We know that mercy is present as we feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, visit the sick, visit those in prison, comfort the sorrowing, counsel the doubtful, correct and admonish the sinner, instruct the ignorant, bear wrongs patiently, forgive offenses willingly, pray for the living and the dead and bury the dead by presence at the funeral or helping with the funeral meal.

Tally how you have completed these works during your day, during the week or during the month. Complete your estimate as well as you can and remember we are striving for a representation of this united actions and activities.

In order to be announced at the National Council of Catholic Women Convention in September, it is requested that you e-mail your totals to Mercynccw@gmail.com or send to Mercy, PO Box 4756, Oak Ridge, TN 37831 or you can e-mail to maruether@catholic.org by Sept. 1. Help make that million a monumental sacred success.

The annual convention of the National Council of Catholic Women will be held Sept. 7-10 in Indianapolis with activities at the Downtown Marriott. The theme is “96 years of Mercy, Catholic Women: Instruments of Mercy.” The speakers are Judy Hicks, Maria Morera Johnson, Sister Donna Markhem and Dr. Katarina Rosenblutt, who has a personal story of human trafficking  All information regarding speakers, features, and registration can be found at NCCW.org and link to convention.

Another important event for your calendar is the Christ Our Life Conference to be held Sept. 24-25 in the Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines. Visit ChristOurLife.com or call (866) 339-0616 for tickets and information – only $25 for the entire conference of 11 outstanding speakers and musicians.

The Diocesan Board met this past week to conduct regular business and to renew acquaintances with the seminarians. This is our opportunity to assure these men of our prayers as their “Spiritual Mothers” as they continue their important studies. Please join the board in praying daily for these crucial vocations, all priests and religious dedicated to our Lord to enhance his church.

Wynn Touney of Fort Dodge is a member of Catholic Women of the Diocese of Sioux City.

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