By Wynn Touney
As we approach the last crucial days before the Nov. 8 election, each of us continues to ponder and pray for guidance, as we honor our sacred duty to vote.
The Challenge of Faithful Citizenship notes the following: Many political issues have important moral dimensions that must be considered. Protecting human life begins with our opposition to abortion and euthanasia which are pre-eminent threats to human life and dignity and extent to our opposition to cloning, assisted suicide and the death penalty and our effort to pursue peace.
St. Pope John Paul II reminds us: You have a duty to make courageous choices in support of life, especially through legislation measures. This is a responsibility that cannot be put aside, especially when he or she has a legislative or decision-making mandate which calls that person to answer to God, to his or her own conscience, to the whole of society.
Most forceful are the words now making the rounds on Facebook (Oct. 27, 2016, Lifesitenews) of Mother Angelica, departed founder of EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network) as she answered the question on a past program, “Should we really vote for anyone?” She replied, “Oh, yes, you should. I vote for Life. I vote for God who gave us life and has the right, the only one who has a right to create life and call it forth to himself.”
Please pray for our nation and all citizens at this time of decision. Please encourage your family and friends to vote.
President Robin Corzilius shares these reflections on the National Council of Catholic Women convention.
“There are a variety of reasons to attend the National Council of Catholic Women convention each year. I view it as my continuing education credits. This year, my Catholic understanding of church teaching and what it means to love your neighbor was stretched and permanently widened. The national officers put together a roster of speakers that did a great job of challenging us as to who is our neighbor and how are we to treat that neighbor.
“Sister Donna Markham, OP, Ph.D., is president and CEO of Catholic Charities USA. She started the week out by asking us a question, “How might God be calling each of us to serve our neighbor?” She then took us on a journey with the Good Samaritan and the beaten stranger. Aspects we may not have thought important became a challenge to our understanding of how we should be treating our neighbor. The Samaritan used his own animal (his ride) and oil, wine and bandages (his resources), took the injured man to the inn, stayed with him, paid for his care and returned to see how he was.
“So the question we need to ask ourselves is: Does putting those few dollars in during the diocesan special collections fulfill our obligation to “neighbor?” Does that ease your conscience? Yes, this may be all God is calling you to do, but I wonder how many of us actually ask God if there is more he wants us to do.
“I, myself, know that I am often afraid to ask, “Lord what more do you want me to do?” I know that I don’t have the talent (at least on my own) to go where St. Teresa of Kolkata went, but then I don’t believe God put me in Northwest Iowa to serve the poor of India in the same way as Mother Teresa.
“I urge each of you to find a way to stretch and grow in your Catholic faith and understanding of church teaching whether you join us in Dallas for the next NCCW convention or for the Diocesan Men’s and Women’s Conferences or any of the many other opportunities offered in our parishes.
“I am in service to you through the Lord as your Catholic Women of the Diocese of Sioux City president, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.”
Wynn Touney of Fort Dodge is a member of Catholic Women of the Diocese of Sioux City.