Joining Catholic Vote Action

Over the last couple of months, as I have transitioned out of the seminary, the blog has taken on a new approach, as many of you have witnessed. Three years ago, when I began that awesome journey of faith as a seminarian, the blog’s purpose was to keep my family, friends and supporters up-to-date on my progress. I shared countless stories about what seminary life was all about and how my experiences developed and shaped my faith. However, when my life outside of priestly formation began, the blog took on a new role, keeping Catholics informed about the internal workings of the Church (new appointments, installation Masses, etc.) as well as the external issues currently facing the Church.

About three weeks ago, I was approached about possibly joining the blogging team at Catholic Vote Action. To tell you the truth, I was ecstatic to even be considered for the opportunity. Since then, I have been thinking about what issues I could write about. While pro-life issues were number one on the list, I have also considered the debates surrounding gay marriage, immigration reform and the death penalty.

Politics is something that is very unique to every individual. Each of us, as we grow older, has the opportunity to develop our own thoughts and opinions on the issues facing our country. The mainstream political parties have a set of beliefs that make them stand out from the others. Our first political decision is choosing the correct political affiliation: does the Democratic party platform match the majority of our thoughts or do we tend to agree with the Republican platform? Or, in some circumstances, is there no political party that matches our beliefs? While this is an important choice to make, the greatest freedom we have is making our voices heard in the voting booth.

As Catholic Christians, we believe that a well informed conscience is essential in any political decision. We have an obligation to make the best moral selection we can. However, we cannot make the correct moral choice if we do not inform ourselves about the candidates or the impact of a proposed statute. If we simply vote based on party lines or by “Christmas treeing” the ballot, we are committing a disservice to our country, to ourselves, and, more importantly, to our faith.

Some Catholics believe that faith is something reserved for Sunday and they object to having it in the public arena. If we were to follow that example, we would have no faith. Catholics and ALL Christians have the responsibility to be the moral voice throughout the world. We are all bound by our baptismal call to go out into the world preaching Jesus’ message of salvation, love and compassion. How then, can we reserve our faith for Sunday?

Ultimately, I decided to join CVA because I thought it would give me an opportunity to maybe lend a helping hand in the discernment process of Catholic voters. We need to discern the decisions we make about the future of our country. We need to discern how we can make a difference in the lives of all people while still respecting their dignity and their rights. And finally, we need to discern how we are going to be an advocate for our faith.

If the Holy Spirit allows me to reach one person and assist them in voting their conscience, I will consider my job done. I look forward to this opportunity.

On a side note, while I will be blogging on CVA, I will also continue to write on Catholica Omnia. This site has given me a unique opportunity to continue to share my faith with all of you. I hope that you will follow me over at and that we can continue to learn from each other.

As always, please be assured of my prayers for all of you and, if you would, please remember me in your prayers.

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