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Election Vandalism: The Day After

Yesterday our parish hall was a polling place in the Prince George’s County Elections.  Less than 500 voters came out but the campaign workers gave out pamphlets and cards, shouted the names of candidates, littered the property with signs, etc.  When the election was over, they disappeared, leaving all their trash behind.  It was a real mess! 

CLICK THE PICTURE ABOVE  to see the pictures I took this morning.  They demonstrate the level of disrespect they showed this church and the local community.  Another property on 450 is posted against tresspassers and dumping.  It is surrounded by campaign signs.  I guess private property and anti-littering laws do not mean much to those who would be elected officials and to many of those who would support them.

Acknowledging the Holy Spirit

It is sometimes complained that Christians of the West seem apt to neglect the role of the Holy Spirit in their prayer, worship, and reflection. The Catholic emphasis often centers upon Jesus, his mother Mary, and the saints. However, the Holy Spirit is not utterly forgotten and is implicitly invoked every time we make the sign of the cross. The early Church discerned the power of the Holy Spirit in their midst as a personal encounter with God.

When debates arose about the identity of the Holy Spirit, the Church rightly learned from the baptismal formula given her by our Lord. We are baptized “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Repeating myself somewhat, a mere creature has no power to save us. Consequently, the Holy Spirit must also be God: he is the third Person of the Blessed Trinity, the one God who saves us.

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