Our Cherished Right – Our Solemn Duty

N.Y. bishops urge voters to vote and to vote “through the lens of faith.”

Primacy of life issues outweigh other voter concerns on moral grounds, life being the foundation of our very existence.  First life, then it’s supports.

As religious leaders, we urge you to exercise your right and solemn duty to vote on Election Day.
+ Timothy M. Dolan
Archbishop of New York
+Howard J. Hubbard
Bishop of Albany
+Nicholas DiMarzio
Bishop of Brooklyn
+Edward U. Kmiec
Bishop of Buffalo
+ Terry R. LaValley
Bishop of Ogdensburg
+Robert J. Cunningham
Bishop of Syracuse
+Matthew H. Clark
Bishop of Rochester
+William F. Murphy
Bishop of Rockville Centre

Our Cherished Right, Our Solemn Duty

By the Catholic Bishops of New York State


We Catholics are called to look at politics as we are called to look at everything – through the lens of our faith. While we are free to join any political party that we choose or none at all, we must be cautious when we vote not to be guided solely by party loyalty or by self interest. Rather, we should be guided in evaluating the important issues facing our state and nation by the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the teachings of His Church.
Our national and state elected officials have profound influence on countless matters of great importance, such as the right to life, issues of war and peace, the education of children and how we treat the poor and vulnerable. We must look at all of these issues as we form our consciences in preparation for Election Day. Continue reading

Expanding Our Desire In Prayer

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St. Augustine’s Instruction:

Let us exercise our desire in prayer

Why in our fear of not praying as we should, do we turn to so many things, to find what we should pray for? Why do we not say instead, in the words of the psalm: I have asked one thing from the Lord, this is what I will seek: to dwell in the Lord’s house all the days of my life, to see the graciousness of the Lord, and to visit his temple? There, the days do not come and go in succession, and the beginning of one day does not mean the end of another; all days are one, simultaneously and without end, and the life lived out in these days has itself no end.
So that we might obtain this life of happiness, he who is true life itself taught us to pray, not in many words as though speaking longer could gain us a hearing. After all, we pray to one who, as the Lord himself tells us, knows what we need before we ask for it. Continue reading

Holy Card Heaven

 

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When I was little, holy cards were a lovely touch stone to Jesus, Mother Mary, the saints and all things holy; I guess I haven’t changed in that regard.  I just love this site: Holy Card Heaven