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The mission of the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation ministry is to explore CSA's distinct contribution to the ongoing, nonviolent transformation of the world towards peace, justice and ecology. This work embraces the efforts of sisters, associates, co-workers and others who share the CSA vision. We live out the mission to bring about systemic change by using the lens of nonviolence to focus on the issues of women, children, health care, globalization (especially as it affects Latin America), seamless ethic of life.

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More On the Election

October 27, 2020
By Sister Ruth Battaglia, CSA
Voting

The end is nearing. Elections are one week from today and many people have already voted. If you have not voted yet, avoid the temptation to ignore the importance of your vote or fail to vote because you think the result has already been determined. The 2016 election proved the polls and the press got it wrong. The down ballot state and local elections have the greatest impact on our everyday lives and are equally important as the presidential election. Don't ignore them. Have you ever failed to vote, but were unhappy with results? Know that the failure to vote is always a vote for the winner.

If you still have your mail-in ballot, make sure that your vote is not too late to be counted by taking it to the Post Office or the City Clerk's office, dropping it in an official drop box, or bringing it at the polls on November 3 and asking for a new ballot. Lastly, prepare yourself to accept the results of the duly elected officials, but never give up working for the changes that create a more just society. We know all too well that the next election cycle begins when this one ends.

The following message comes to us from Pax Christi USA :
"On Election Day especially, we must do what we can to assure that people can vote in confidence, safely and free of intimidation. But chances are the work will not be over that night. A contested election, a drawn out ballot count, the failure to commit to a peaceful transition of power, political propaganda meant to sow confusion and division, and various other scenarios -- all this could mean that we need to be ready to put into practice our commitment to active nonviolence. In the days following the election, as needed, protest, demonstrations, marches, organized resistance and noncooperation are all tactics we can employ to assure the vitality of our democracy and that the voice of the people is honored and respected."

 

NUNs on the BUS

The month long Nuns on the Bus tour emphasized that who Americans vote for matters. Speakers highlighted this message in a national rally and an evening town hall that concluded the virtual tour. This LINK takes you to coverage of the virtual tour.

 

Prayer for the Election

Prayer for Leadership 
by Joan Chittister, osb, Pax Christi USA Teacher of Peace

Source: Pax Christi USA

Give us the hearts to choose the leader
who will work with other leaders
to bring safety to the whole world.
 
Give us leaders who lead this nation to virtue
without seeking to impose our kind of virtue
on the virtue of others.
 
Give us a government that provides
for the advancement of this country
without taking resources from others to achieve it.
 
Give us insight enough ourselves
to choose as leaders those who can tell
strength from power, growth from greed,
leadership from dominance,
and real greatness from the trappings of grandiosity.
 
We trust you, Great God, to open our hearts to learn from
those to whom you speak in different tongues
and to respect the life and words of those to whom you
have entrusted the good of other parts of this globe.
 
We beg you, Great God, give us the vision as a people
to know where global leadership truly lies,
to pursue it diligently,
to require it to protect human rights for everyone everywhere.
 
We ask these things, Great God, with minds open to your word,
and hearts that trust in your eternal care. Amen.

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