A note from Bishop Larry Silva
Dear Brothers and Sisters:
Peace be with you!
Please VOTE in the November 4 general election!
When God gives us a gift, he expects that we use it for the good of all. We have been given the gift of living in a democratic country, and this blessing also involves a grave responsibility. We must participate in our government “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” Voting is one of the concrete ways we can assure that the values we hold dear for the common good can be enshrined in the law of the land. We vote these values not only in particular questions or propositions, but by electing public servants who will work for the same values we know are so important.
Among the values that are essential are: respect for life from the moment of conception to natural death; the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman as the basis of the healthy family, which leads to a healthy culture; care for the poor and most vulnerable; freedom based on the truth of the human person and religious freedom.
I am grateful to the Knights of Columbus for their willingness to help raise our awareness of the need to use our God-given liberties for the good of all by helping us get out the vote. I encourage all to register (deadline: October 6, 2014), to ask for a permanent absentee ballot to make voting as easy as possible, to do the penance of studying the candidates and their stances and records, and to VOTE on or before November 4. May the Lord guide us and enlighten us all!
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Larry Silva
Bishop of Honolulu
Pope Francis' prayer intentions
"Lord Jesus, during this month we lift up those who are mentally disabled. May these brothers and sisters receive the love and help they need to live a dignified life as sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father? We also pray that all of us who bear the name 'Christian' would be inspired by the word of God and therefore be compelled to serve those who are poor and suffering throughout the world."
As stewards of the earth, we are responsible for the management and care of the land and resources which God has entrusted to us. Since the earth's resources have been created by God for the benefit of all, we are to share the goods of the earth and to preserve and care for the goods of the earth. This mandate is rooted in the Bible where we are urged to "cultivate and care for God's creation."
More recently, the U.S. Bishops, in their statement Renewing the Earth, said, "Stewardship implies that we must both care for creation according to the standards that are not of our own making and at the same time be resourceful in finding ways to make the earth flourish." Whatever belongs to God belongs to all.
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