November 8, 2016 A.D.
Following a civic duty such as voting, entails also following a moral duty. Catholics and other Christians are being told to “vote their conscience.” However, with no guidance on how to form a conscience creates an uninformed and bad decision, the result of a deformed conscience. Our Lady of Medjugorje said in 1984-1985:
The Commandments of God are the benchmark, the measuring rod of the conscience. Before voting today, it is important to read the following, which was sent to us by St. Joseph Partners. It is written by Fr. George W. Rutler, who is a convert to Catholicism. Pray before reading and pray before voting.
By Fr. George W. Rutler
Exactly eight years ago I wrote a column titled “The One We Were Waiting For” in which I referred to a book by Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson, The Lord of the World. That dystopian novel has been cited by Pope Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis said he has read it several times. The protagonist, if one can apply that term to an Anti-Christ, imposed a new world religion with Man himself as god. His one foe was Christianity, which he thwarted in part by using “compromised Catholics and compliant priests to persuade timid Catholics.”
Since then, that program has been realized in our time, to an extent beyond the warnings of the most dire pessimists. Our federal government has intimidated religious orders and churches, challenging religious freedom. The institution of the family has been re-defined, and gender identity has been Gnosticized to the point of mocking biology. Assisted suicide is spreading, abortions since 1973 have reached a total equal to the population of Italy, and promiscuously transmitted diseases are at a record high. Objective journalism has died, justice has been corrupted, racial bitterness ruins cities, entertainment is degraded, knowledge of the liberal arts spirals downwards, and authentically Catholic universities have all but vanished. A weak and confused foreign policy has encouraged aggressor nations and terrorism, while metastasized immigration is destroying remnant western cultures, and genocide is slaughtering Christian populations. The cynical promise of economic prosperity is mocked by the lowest rate of labor participation in forty years, an unprecedented number of people on food stamps and welfare assistance, and the largest disparity in wealth in over a century.
In his own grim days, Saint Augustine warned against nostalgia: “The past times that you think were good, are good because they are not yours here and now.” The present time, however, might try even his confidence. Sands blow over the ruins of churches he knew in North Africa where the Cross is virtually forbidden. By a blessed irony, a new church is opened every day in formerly Communist Russia, while churches in our own formerly Christian nation are being closed daily. For those who bought into the seductions of politicians’ false hopes, there is the counsel of Walt Kelly’s character Pogo: “It’s always darkest before it goes pitch black.”
It is incorrect to say that the coming election poses a choice between two evils. For ethical and aesthetic reasons, there may be some bad in certain candidates, but badness consists in doing bad things. Evil is different: it is the deliberate destruction of truth, virtue and holiness.
While one may pragmatically vote for a flawed candidate, one may not vote for anyone who advocates and enables unmitigated evil acts, and that includes abortion. “In the case of an intrinsically unjust law, such as a law permitting abortion or euthanasia, it is therefore never licit to obey it, or to ‘take part in a propaganda campaign in favor of such a law, or vote for it’” (Evangelium Vitae, 73).
At one party’s convention, the name of God was excluded from its platform and a woman who boasted of having aborted her child was applauded. It is a grave sin, requiring sacramental confession and penance, to become an accomplice in objective evil by voting for anyone who encourages it, for that imperils the nation and destroys the soul.
It is also the duty of the clergy to make this clear and not to shrink, under the pretense of charity, from explaining the Church’s censures. Wolves in sheep’s clothing are dangerous, but worse are wolves in shepherd’s clothing. While the evils foreseen eight years ago were realized, worse would come if those affronts to human dignity were endorsed again. In the most adverse prospect, God forbid, there might not be another free election, and soon Catholics would arrive at shuttered churches and vacant altars. The illusion of indifference cannot long be perpetuated by lame jokes and synthetic laughter at banquets, for there is handwriting on the wall.
– Fr. Rutler
Indeed the handwriting is on the wall, as was written in They Fired the First Shot 2012. This is the turning point, not only for the United States, but also for the whole world. From whatever country you come from, be on your knees today, so that united in Our Lady’s love, Her apostles may do as She said on November 2, 2016:
United in Her Love, to Live, to Conquer and to Expose Evil,
6 thoughts on “Before Voting…”
Praise the Lord for He is GOOD, HIS love endures forever! We in Australia have been praying that God would guide the elections and He has heard our prayers… the prayers of Our Lady’s apostles around the world united together in faith & love. Thank you Lord for blessing us and please guide those in power with your Divine Holy Spirit
It is 12:00 a.m. on November 9 and Pennsylvania holds the key to this election! Please Blessed Mother stomp satans plans!
Wow! This should be required reading for every catholic.
Fr. Stephen Imbarrato of Priests for Life has been the guest daily Mass homilist on EWTN every day for the last two weeks! His homilies have focused on the election, the non-negotiables, forming the Catholic conscience, marriage as God ordained it and, most especially abortion! What a wonderful and articulate preacher!!!! He’s made it very clear that Catholics who vote for candidates who support abortion are endangering their souls! Fortunately, he is not the only priest who is speaking out–but we are also not hearing enough in our own parishes. We can’t blame our priests and bishops if we are not demanding they speak the truth. A deacon in my diocese did speak out, and his pastor got immediate negative feedback. When word got out, he was supported by faithful Catholics. Why are we not proactive instead of reactive? May God bless America and wake up His people.
My random message of the day October 25, 2008 “Dear children! In a special way I call you all to pray for my intentions so that, through your prayers, you may stop satan’s plan over this world, which is further from God everyday, and which puts itself in the place of God and is destroying everything that is beautiful and good in the souls of each of you. Therefore, little children, arm yourselves with prayer and fasting so that you may be conscious of how much God loves you, and carry out God’s will. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
Oh how we all long for this truth to come from the pulpits. Thank you Friend of Medjugorje for exposing the evil and spreading truth. Our Lady Queen of Peace prayer for the U.S. that we may be united again under God.