We must counter infidelity with greater fidelity, and be credible witnesses of the Gospel, especially when others fail.
Our engagement in politics is a mission in which our holiness of life is far more potent than mere activity.
Because of the vision we have of politics, we think that our experiences will be negative and draining. These misunderstandings often keep Catholics from making a difference in our communities.
Even when the media or individuals adopt misleading terminology, we are not powerless. We can recapture the terms and employ them effectively.
Are we promoting a culture of life? Are we offering a credible witness to our faith as people of peace?
Fake news that distorts public discourse and manipulates the public will not be countered effectively by a renewed interest in journalistic ethics or more laws aimed at improving disclosure of the sources of online content. It is a cultural problem.
As Minnesotans will be voting on governor, the state House of Representatives, and two U.S. Senate seats, we need to help establish party platforms that promote and defend human dignity.
St. Francis’ words remind us that, like him, we must enter into the public arena to be of service to our public servants.
Our society is failing to get to the bottom of the issues and unless we address these problems with an eye to the whole of the human person — a union of body and soul made for relationship with God and others — change will not come.