Most Reverend Jerome E. Listecki
Archbishop of Milwaukee
In every election, there are winners and losers. But after any election, no matter how disappointing or exhilarating the outcome, the work of governing the country becomes the priority and that means seeking the common good.
Christians are called to strive for those principles that come from the gospel. The goals of Christianity are beyond any political party or organization; instead, they are rooted in the teachings of the Church. The issues which were important for Catholics in the political campaign remain the important issues for all Catholics: the dignity of human life, concern for the poor, marriage being of one man and one woman, comprehensive immigration law and religious freedom. These are not campaign rhetoric or slogans, but rather stem from the Church’s care for the human person and society. We must continue to work and support these principles.
The Church throughout history has existed in various political and social climates. At times, it has been easier for the Church to function and, at other times, more difficult. Blessed John Paul II became a leading figure in the downfall of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. He did so not because it was a political goal but instead because the Gospel demanded Christian witness. He did so by challenging the government with the truth, and a firm belief in the power of faith. We must use John Paul II as an example in pursuing those issues that need to be addressed.
Today’s responsorial psalm says it all: “The Lord is my light and my salvation.” As we prepare to move forward as a country, we do so with prayers for our nation and its elected leaders committed to the founding principles that have made our nation great. But perhaps the words of St. Thomas More might be an appropriate reminder for all Catholics: “the king’s good servant, but God’s first.” His commandment is simple: LOVE ONE ANOTHER.
Note: This blog originally appeared as the November 7, 2012 "Love One Another" email sent to Catholics throughout the Archdiocese of Milwaukee by Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki. If you are interested in signing up for these email messages, please click here.