The Saints and Election Day

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The Feast of All Saints, falling on November 1 of each year, is celebrated on the doorstep of Election Day in the United States. This annual coincidence provides us with an opportunity to make a connection between the lives of the saints and our civic duties. Pope Francis explained that “an authentic faith…always involves a deep desire to change the world, to transmit values, to leave this earth somehow better than we found it….If indeed ‘the just ordering of society and of the state is a central responsibility of politics,’ the Church, ‘cannot and must not remain on the sidelines in the fight for justice.’” (Evangelii Gaudium, #183)

At election time, we are bombarded with TV ads from candidates that list the various reasons why people should vote for them. Such ads include the candidates’ visions, hopes, and promises along with characteristics and attributes that supposedly make them the right person for the job.

A good way to celebrate All Saints Day and to connect it with the reality of Election Day is to invite participants in your faith formation group to create “campaign” ads, posters, or commercials promoting a certain saint for an unspecified office. The ads should express what this saint stands for and what qualities he or she possesses that make him or her the right person for the job. Challenge your learners to connect saints with principles of Catholic Social Teaching that help to form a basis for voting decisions for Catholics.

The Catechism for the Catholic Church states that it is a moral obligation to exercise the right to vote. (#2240) All Saints Day provides us with an opportunity to help young people recognize this obligation and to identify principles upon which consciences are formed.

For more All Saints Day resources, be sure to visit the Loyola Press website.

About Joe Paprocki 2268 Articles
Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at www.catechistsjourney.com.

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