Novena for Our Nation Friday Prayer Intention:
For our Political Engagement to be Guided by our Faith
To know the way of truth and love, justice and peace
Without God man neither knows which way to go, nor even understands who he is. In the face of the enormous problems surrounding the development of peoples, which almost make us yield to discouragement, we find solace in the sayings of our Lord Jesus Christ, who teaches us: “Apart from me you can do nothing” (Jn 15:5) and then encourages us: “I am with you always, to the close of the age” (Mt 28:20). As we contemplate the vast amount of work to be done, we are sustained by our faith that God is present alongside those who come together in his name to work for justice.
— Pope Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate, Conclusion (2009)
To live in solidarity with the poor
We live the Gospel of Life when we live in solidarity with the poor of the world, standing up for their lives and dignity. Yet abortion and euthanasia have become preeminent threats to human dignity because they directly attack life itself, the most fundamental human good and the condition for all others. They are committed against those who are weakest and most defenseless, those who are genuinely “the poorest of the poor.” They are endorsed increasingly without the veil of euphemism, as supporters of abortion and euthanasia freely concede these are killing even as they promote them. Sadly, they are practiced in those communities which ordinarily provide a safe haven for the weak — the family and the healing professions. Such direct attacks on human life, once crimes, are today legitimized by governments sworn to protect the weak and marginalized.
— Living the Gospel of Life, article 5
- Read Living the Gospel of Life
- Read Caritas in Veritate – On Integral Human Development in Charity and Truth (Pope Benedict XVI, 2009)
To weave networks of charity
Charity is love received and given. It is “grace” (cháris). Its source is the wellspring of the Father’s love for the Son, in the Holy Spirit. Love comes down to us from the Son. It is creative love, through which we have our being; it is redemptive love, through which we are recreated. Love is revealed and made present by Christ (cf. Jn 13:1) and “poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit” (Rom 5:5). As the objects of God’s love, men and women become subjects of charity, they are called to make themselves instruments of grace, so as to pour forth God’s charity and to weave networks of charity.
— Pope Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate, article 5 (2009)
To reintroduce Jesus – the Way, the Truth, and the Life – to our culture
and build a culture of life
- Listen Recovering the Art of Living to Build a Culture of Life (Father Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International, 2013)
- Read If we want a greater America, we need to become greater saints (CNA/EWTN News)