An invitation for Catholics who want to be responsible citizens

MIAMI, Fl. -In the midst of this busy and polarized climate we live in these days, I welcome the opportunity to reflect on the importance of allowing our faith  to inform our participation in the political process.

I see it as living up to the commitment made for me at my Baptism and nurtured during later years which calls me  to work at transforming society following the teachings and example of Jesus.

This is why I am sharing with you all the invitation I  received from the  Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University. The invitation is to participate in an online dialogue for the purpose  of exploring the intersection of faith and the 2020 US Presidential Elections ; how religious values are shaping the elections this year. “What’s Faith Have to Do with It”

This  on-line dialogue will take place on Tuesday September 15 at 12:30 p.m. You can also participate by  registering at the link provided.

At the beginning of the program a summary and analysis of the latest polling trends from the Pew Research Center will be presented.

As a follower of St. Pedro Poveda I cannot forget his insistence, inviting us to live with “the mind and heart in the present moment”.

Following his teachings,  delegates from all over the world gathered at a recent General Assembly of the Teresian Association, the international group he began in 1911, now present in 30 countries, agreed to “ look forward to the exercise of participative social and political citizenship that empowers … and promotes equity” ( Documents # 29 ).

I believe this is  an opportunity to precisely do that. ( Pat Stockton)