On This National Day of Prayer

On May 3, 2018, our CSJ community invites you to join us as we hold our elected officials in prayer on this National Day of Prayer

Politicians. They can inspire, call us to question, affirm and frustrate.  Regardless of their perspectives or party affiliations, they use their lives, passions and work toward helping us form a more perfect union. Whatever that may mean, they are our elected officials representing all of us in the halls that govern.

Called by our charism to “move always toward the profound love of God and love of neighbor without distinction,” we call to mind Pope Francis’ words now more than ever:

“I beg the Lord to grant us more politicians who are genuinely disturbed by the state of society, the people, the lives of the poor!” “It is vital that government leaders and financial leaders take heed and broaden their horizons, working to ensure that all citizens have dignified work, education and healthcare. Why not turn to God and ask God to inspire their plans? I am firmly convinced that openness to the transcendent can bring about a new political and economic mindset which would help to break down the wall of separation between the economy and the common good of society.”  Evangelii Gaudium (“The Joy of the Gospel”), 2013 #205.

Inspired by these words, today we pray that our elected officials will consciously consider how their legislation, policy decisions, and governance impacts all of God’s people, especially those experiencing poverty and injustice. We pray they understand how their efforts can contribute to discrimination’s demise so that we can come to clearly see and appreciate the inherent dignity and purpose of all.

On this 2018 National Day of Prayer, we invite you to join with us in prayer for the important work our elected officials are now involved in with the end of this legislative session:

  • Our Lady of the Presentation Chapel, Thursday, May 3, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Use the accompanying prayer (put a hyperlink to the actual prayer) for private prayer or with friends.

“O God, ignite our hearts and the hearts of all who govern to fulfill this mandate.”
Amen.

Putting our Faith into Action:

Please also reach out to your elected officials at the end of the MN Legislative Session to encourage them promote justice in their words, actions, and policy decisions now more than ever.   In March, CSJ Justice Commission Working & Task Group Members, St. Joseph Workers, and University of St. Thomas students put their faith into action by advocating at the Joint Religious Legislative Coalition (JRLC) Day on the Hill. This year’s legislative agenda included:

  1. Increase funding of $140 million for affordable housing
  2. Allow for more court discretion on driver’s licenses fines and fees for low-income people
  3. Increase access to childcare for homeless families
  4. Cease suspending licenses when low-income persons can’t pay traffic violations
  5. Engage in justice related conversations about tax policy, renewable energy standards, MN oil pipelines, human trafficking, and gun violence.

Legislative Updates on these particular JRLC priority issues can be found on the JRLC website.

May 2nd, 2018