In these days before the election, we need factual information and hearts for justice more than ever. Our downloadable guide, Justice Matters: A Guide to Voting on Social Issues, focuses on just that.
As people of good will, we are called to meddle in politics. It’s our duty to not only be aware of what’s happening in our country on a systemic, political level, but to actively work to effect it. Perhaps Pope Francis said it best:
“None of us can say, ‘I have nothing to do with this, they govern. No, no, I am responsible for their governance, and I have to do the best so that they govern well, and I have to do my best by participating in politics according to my ability. Politics, according to the social doctrine of the church, is one of the highest forms of charity, because it serves the common good.” ¹
As Dominican Sisters of Hope, we take this responsibility quite seriously. Whether it’s signing petitions, learning about current issues in our world, participating in peaceful protests, instituting corporate stances, or voting, we take action to create a better world. It’s long been our goal to help you do the same. Now, with the election days away, we’re sharing justice issues that guide us in both the way we choose to vote as individuals and the way that we process news surrounding politics.
“The hope is that, by taking such a position, others will take note of the issue, pause to reflect, and act,” Sister Catherine Walsh explains. “It is also a reminder to our elected officials about issues of importance to us. And we do vote.”
Indeed, voting at the state and congressional level is crucial for advancing social change. However, we need education, factual information, and peace of mind in order to best serve participate in politics as Pope Francis instructs. In an election cycle muddled with injustice and folly, we hope that this guide will provide you with clarity and peace on election day and in the weeks to follow.