Plain Talks on Marriage, Fr. Fulgence Meyer, O.F.M., 1927
Catholics will do their duty especially by contributing their share to procure a good and wise government.
They will take a judicious interest in the political situation in order to be able to cast their votes sanely and efficiently.
They will vote at every state and federal election, and also at every important local election.
All things being equal, they will support their fellow-Catholics in their campaigns for public offices, in order to insure a just proportion of their co-religionists among the civil officials of the land.
While our Church enjoys great freedom in this country, it still has many bitter enemies here whose aim in life is the Church’s destruction. They are doing all in their power to disfranchise the Catholics by depriving them practically of the rights and privileges of American citizens.
They even want to despoil Catholic parents of their natural right to educate their children according to the dictates of their conscience.
These wicked men can succeed in their iniquitous and un-American endeavor only in one way, and that is, if Catholics neglect to use the weapon of defense given them by the constitution of our country.
This weapon is the ballot.
As long as Catholics use the ballot prudently, consistently and universally, no one will ever reduce them to slavery; but once they grow careless in the employment of this powerful weapon, it will be their own fault if they are subjected to an ignoble and tyrannical dominion.
It devolves, therefore, upon our Catholic parents not only to vote themselves in the interest of our right as American citizens – and to vote regularly at every election in order not to get out of the habit and be caught napping – but also to arrange that their children who are of age vote with them. In unity there is strength, especially with reference to the almighty ballot box of a nation like ours.
David and Goliath
The blatant bigotry rampant in various parts of our country may be likened to Goliath, the swaggering giant of the Philistines, flouting the chosen people of God and their religion.
The pebble from the sling of David, that felled the mighty Goliath, is a symbol of the ballot.
If all Catholics cast their vote with a true and sure aim at each election, the giant of intolerance, stalking abroad, will be reduced to impotence and disgrace.
Excellent! God bless Our Land and Mary guide us! All ye holy souls please please guide the election towards a just, safe and holy country!
Fr Angelo said:
Our weapon is clearly not the ‘almighty’ “ballot box” but the Rosary.It is never too late to pray but often it is ‘too late’ to vote!
Elizabeth VanderPutten said:
It is never ‘too late’, Father. Always must our recourse be to our Lady and her Rosary, it is the weapon designated for our time, but God has also given us the tools necessary for Catholic American voices to be heard in defense of our Faith, hence the ballot. If we desire the right to live here in this beautiful country, then it is our duty as good, practicing Catholics to vote. We must do what we can and may God bless America.
It is frustrating feeling like one is siting at the edge of Mordor before the storm….waiting.
Also, isn’t it sad that evil can line itself in one direction for a particular vote; but the “good” side is so split that it seems divided and sometimes already conquered. Today has been a long day and it isn’t over…..is anyone else just scared and need a hug?
Yes it’s been a long day…. Cyber hug going your way, Mary. Tomorrow will be longer. God has us in the palm of His Hand, yes He does. No matter the outcome, we must remember that. As Saint Pio said, “Pray, hope and don’t worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer.”St. Pio, ora pro nobis!†
Yours is not a new feeling Mary. Many times before the Faithful have felt like Evil has already won. Yet here we are today.
King David was a man who knew this feeling well. Yet rather than give in to despair, he placed his trust in the Lord. As should we all in these dark times (and make no mistake, these are very dark times indeed).
Another great article, thanks for posting!
Some people think that we must choose the lesser of 2 evils and accept it, while others cannot accept that. If we were given the option to do 2 sins, then we could not do the lesser of the 2 evils However we are choosing a person, neither of which is 100% evil (even if one may be considered exceedingly close). So in the election we are NOT choosing the lesser of 2 evils but who we think is the better candidate for the country and who we want to win.
If we saw a Catholic king who neglected his duties as king we should certainly see the sin. Likewise, regardless of how small our duties are in the U.S., they are still our duties and we are bound to do our part. Like it or not, agree with it or not, it is still our duty as a us citizen.