In his address to the U.S. Congress last September, Pope Francis invited members of Congress to promote respect for the dignity of every human person, and to renew their commitment to a spirit of cooperation. He also addressed each of us and all who seek to lead this nation when he said:
“Each son or daughter of a given country has a mission, a personal and social responsibility. . . You are called to defend and preserve the dignity of your fellow citizens in the tireless and demanding pursuit of the common good, for this is the chief aim of all politics. Building a future of freedom requires love of the common good and cooperation in a spirit of subsidiarity and solidarity.” (September 24, 2015)
We all acknowledge that the need for courageous and compassionate leaders has never been greater. We are joining with Catholic sisters across the country through the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and the U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph in a public call for prayer and civil discourse. We are asking all to refrain from language that disrespects, dehumanizes and demonizes another. All are created in God’s image and are worthy of respect. We ask that all who seek to influence public opinion, all who hope to serve this nation as leaders, be always mindful of the common good and respect the dignity of each and every person.
You can help us move toward respectful and constructive dialogue as “messengers of peace” in a number of ways:
- Join as One in Prayer: Sisters of St. Joseph and Associates from across the United States believe in the power of focused energy flowing from our prayer. From now through the presidential election, please set aside five to 10 minutes of contemplative prayer each day for our country during this critical time in our political environment.
- Pray and share with friends and colleagues a Prayer for Election Times.