Respect Life Month – Day Twenty-Two

“When political agendas openly or covertly contemplate the decriminalization of abortion or euthanasia, the democratic ideal, which is truly democratic when it recognizes and protects the dignity of every human person, is betrayed in its fundamentals.”  (Benedict XVI)

  • When considering which political party and candidate to vote for, research their positions on abortion, euthanasia, prostitution and family issues. Will they be a hindrance or a help to building a culture of life?

Litany of St. Thomas More, Martyr and Patron Saint of Statesmen, Politicians and Lawyers

V. Lord, have mercy
R. Lord have mercy
V. Christ have mercy
R. Christ have mercy
V. Lord, have mercy
R. Lord have mercy
V. Christ hear us
R. Christ, graciously hear us
V. St. Thomas More, Saint and Martyr,
R. Pray for us (Repeat after each invocation)
St. Thomas More, Patron of Statesmen, Politicians and Lawyers
St. Thomas More, Patron of Justices, Judges and Magistrates
St. Thomas More, Model of Integrity and Virtue in Public and Private Life
St. Thomas More, Servant of the Word of God and the Body and Blood of Christ
St. Thomas More, Model of Holiness in the Sacrament of Marriage
St. Thomas More, Teacher of his Children in the Catholic Faith
St. Thomas More, Defender of the Weak and the Poor
St. Thomas More, Promoter of Human Life and Dignity
V.Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world
R.Spare us O Lord
V.Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world
R.Graciously hear us O Lord
V.Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world
R.Have mercy on us

Let us pray: O Glorious St. Thomas More, Patron of Statesmen, Politicians, Judges and Lawyers, your life of prayer and penance and your zeal for justice, integrity and firm principle in public and family life led you to the path of martyrdom and sainthood. Intercede for our
Statesmen, Politicians, Judges and Lawyers, that they may be courageous and effective in their defense and promotion of the sanctity of human life – the foundation of all other human rights. We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

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Elections This Coming Saturday!

Voting is necessary in particular, and dangerous in general.  Necessary in particular because in exercising that right we have made our position clear – even if it ends up being a wasted vote.  It is dangerous in general as can be seen on the first Good Friday when Pilate offered the populace the choice between Jesus and Barabbas.

Christians are conscience bound to put the life issues as a priority in how they vote.  After all, we serve the Lord of Life who became man that we might have life and have it to the full.

In our case, Jesus is not in the choice list except perhaps as a wasted vote.  But then again the wasted vote is not wasted in eternity.

We urge you to visit valueyourvote.org.nz and download the Value Your Vote guide (by Family First) before you go to the polling booth.

Pro-Life Month – Day Twenty-Two

“When political agendas openly or covertly contemplate the decriminalization of abortion or euthanasia, the democratic ideal, which is truly democratic when it recognizes and protects the dignity of every human person, is betrayed in its fundamentals.”  (Benedict XVI)

  • When considering which political party and candidate to vote for, research their positions on abortion, euthanasia, prostitution and family issues. Will they be a hindrance or a help to building a culture of life?

Litany of St. Thomas More, Martyr and Patron Saint of Statesmen, Politicians and Lawyers

V. Lord, have mercy
R. Lord have mercy
V. Christ have mercy
R. Christ have mercy
V. Lord, have mercy
R. Lord have mercy
V. Christ hear us
R. Christ, graciously hear us
V. St. Thomas More, Saint and Martyr,
R. Pray for us (Repeat after each invocation)
St. Thomas More, Patron of Statesmen, Politicians and Lawyers
St. Thomas More, Patron of Justices, Judges and Magistrates
St. Thomas More, Model of Integrity and Virtue in Public and Private Life
St. Thomas More, Servant of the Word of God and the Body and Blood of Christ
St. Thomas More, Model of Holiness in the Sacrament of Marriage
St. Thomas More, Teacher of his Children in the Catholic Faith
St. Thomas More, Defender of the Weak and the Poor
St. Thomas More, Promoter of Human Life and Dignity
V.Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world
R.Spare us O Lord
V.Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world
R.Graciously hear us O Lord
V.Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world
R.Have mercy on us

Let us pray: O Glorious St. Thomas More, Patron of Statesmen, Politicians, Judges and Lawyers, your life of prayer and penance and your zeal for justice, integrity and firm principle in public and family life led you to the path of martyrdom and sainthood. Intercede for our
Statesmen, Politicians, Judges and Lawyers, that they may be courageous and effective in their defense and promotion of the sanctity of human life – the foundation of all other human rights. We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Looking for a good election guide?  Family First has prepared an excellent guide on how our politicians have voted on family and life issues.  You can view it here.