As a community of Franciscan hearted people, we join with others in expressing our deep concern about the state of our nation and the future of our democracy. We share the belief that we are facing one of the most consequential elections of our lifetimes in a nation that is increasingly divided. We are offering this website page as a resource for prayer and inspiration as we accept the role of compassionate, respectful, and responsible citizenship for the sake of the common good.
In these days and weeks ahead, may we, consciously engage in the skills of deep listening, contemplative dialogue, and mutual respect that center on the dignity of all people – even those with whom we disagree.
“An authentic faith—which is never comfortable or completely personal—always involves a deep desire to change the world, to transmit values, to leave this earth somehow better than we found it. We love this magnificent planet on which God has put us, and we love the human family which dwells here, with all its tragedies and struggles, its hopes and aspirations, its strengths, and weaknesses. The earth is our common home and all of us are brothers and sisters.” Pope Francis. The Joy of the Gospel #183
Guided by the Gospels and the examples of St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi, we join with Franciscan hearted people across our nation to engage the issues with Franciscan hearts. In this year of 2020, Franciscan Action Network has created three videos calling on Americans to be inspired by Franciscan values as they vote. Entitled 2020: A Franciscan Moment, each of these videos are impassioned pleas for voters to bring Franciscan compassion into the voting booth.
Film – “Compassion”
Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship
“In the Catholic Tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in public life is a moral obligation…Unfortunately, politics is our country often can be a contest of political interests, partisan attacks, sound bites, and media hype. The Church calls for a different kind of political engagement: one shaped by the moral convictions of well-formed consciences and focused on the dignity of every human being, the pursuit of the common good, and the protection of the weak and vulnerable.” (US Catholic Bishops: Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, 13, 14)
Prayer During Election Season
as the election approaches, we seek to better understand the issues and concerns that confront our nation, and how the Gospel compels us to respond as faithful citizens for the sake of all your creation.
We ask for eyes that are free from blindness so that we might see each other as brothers and sisters, one and equal in dignity. Grant us a vision of who we are as a people, grounded in community and compassion for all, especially the most marginalized.
A vision that cares for our earth and heals the planet.
A vision that ends structural racism, bigotry, and sexism.
A vision that ensures hungry people are fed, children are nourished, immigrants are welcomed.
We ask for hearts and minds that are open to hearing the voice of leaders who hear your Word, and are truly servants who will lead with love, compassion, integrity, and honesty. Leaders who will work to
Banish hatred and bigotry
Build bridges and forge a common bond across our differences
Restore and safeguard the principles of peace and security for all.
With profound hope in Your abundant love and mercy, we pray,