VOTE EARLY

Saturday, October 24,vote Early day. Keep your vote and you safe. If there are disturances on november 3 you won’t have to worry. And there is less chance for the peo ple who are try ing to su pp0ress voters to do their thing.

Vote for the common Good

As we approach this election in November we must be particularly concerned with empowering voters and defending our democracy (LWV).
In his first inaugural address President John F. Kennedy said: “Do not think what your country can do for you; think what you can do for your country.”
And for the world. Even for yourself in the long term.
We need leaders who can deal with the pandemic and climate change, with racial injustice and the reform of our po;ice forcess.
We need leaders who realize that they are leaders of the whole country, not just of those who vote for them.
This blog tries to rouse people to think broadly, not narrowly of the short term or of themselves. There are others who are doing likewise.
You may want to look at the website Vote Common Good

True Conservatives

True conservatives are those who live by the teachings of Jesus and by the ten commandments.

They are concerned with the poor, the sick and the outcasts of society. They scorn hypocrisy and are quick to point it out.
They do not lie or steal, nor are they covetous. They respect God’s gift of sex, remembering that it is for the family.
They respect the dignity of all human beings, remembering that God made us in his own image.
They are kind to strangers, remembering that the Israelites were admonished to do so, because they had been strangers in Egypt.
They welcome refugees, remembering that Jesus was a refugee in Egypt.

By these criteria, are our present leaders true conservatives?
Are they instead false conservatives, who put money and power first? Are they hypocrites who say one thing and do another?
Do they promote peace and unity or conflict and polarization?

Whatever your opinion, be sure you are registered to vote and vote in November. Your vote DOES count!

Republicans, remember your heritage

The first Republican president was Abraham lincoln. He was not a racist. He freed the slaves and is known as “The Great Emancipator”.
The country has never been more polarized than during the Civil War. Lincoln urged his countrymen to “heal the nations’s wounds.”
Theoodore Roosevelt oversaw the establishment of Yellowstone, the first national park in the world. He championed the sustainable management of forests.
Dwight D. Eisenhower led us into the Space Age after the Soviet Union had upstaged America.
Ronald Reagan accepted raproachment with the Soviet Union and helped to end the Cold War.

I was a Republican when I was young and even voted for Goldwater in 1964.

The present incumbents in the White house and the Senate are disgracing your party. The president is frankly racist and a misogynist.
In making decisions he iks guided by his ignorance and his prejuudices.
He is so incompetent that he would not even make a good fascist. The Senate, by failing to impeach him, convicted itself.

Dangers to Our Democracy

The greatest danger to liberty is whatever individual or group happens to be in power at the moment.
The lure of power (and money) is so great that this is true of even the most benign individual or group.
the old saying is worth keeping in mind: “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.”

Winston Churchill has said that democracy is the worst form of government – except for all the others.

But the people can deprive themselves of liberty by responding irrationally to appeals to fear, resentment or despair. Hitler came to power by election.

Even the institutions of democracies can be a danger to themselves and to liberty. The Electoral College is part of the Constitution of the United States,
put there by some of the framers who distrusted democracy. In the last presidential election it resulted in the choice of a candidate who appealed to fear and resentment, had no experience of government and was of doubtful character.The greatest danger to liberty is whatever individual or group happens to be in power at the moment.
The lure of power (and money) is so great that this is true of even the most benign individual or group.
the old saying is worth keeping in mind: “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.”

Winston Churchill has said that democracy is the worst form of government – except for all the others.

But the people can deprive themselves of liberty by responding irrationally to appeals to fear, resentment or despair. Hitler came to power by election.

Even the institutions of democracies can be a danger to themselves and to liberty. The Electoral College is part of the Constitution of the United States,
put there by some of the framers who distrusted democracy. In the last presidential election it resulted in the choice of a candidate who appealed to fear and resentment, had no experience of government and was of doubtful character.

The Godtouches Twitter account

GodTouches has a Twitter account that you might find interesting. It contains thoughts that are too brief to put in a blog post, and it is updated much more frequently, since it is easier to enter a tweet than a blog p ost. To see it, expand the top menu if necessary, go to the link to other sites. It is one of the first links there. I hope you enj oy it.

The name of God is mercy

Catholics celebrate this Sunday as divine mercy Sunday in honor of Sister Faustina, who had visions of Jesus in which he spoke of his mercy to everyone. So great is his mercy that his name can even be said to be Mercy, as pope Francis has said. Our muslim cousins call Allah the Compassionate, the Merciful. Our Jewish forerunners have handed down to us many psalms of his mercy, such as Psalm 118.

Prayer for spiritual communion

With so many churches being closed the following prayer might be useful.

Lord Jesus, I believe that you are truly present
in this sacrament of sacraments.
I love you above all things
and I desire to give myself to you
as fully as you give yourself to me in the host.
And I give you thanks for remaining with us
until the end of time in the eucharist.
What other God has given his people
his own flesh and blood.