Monday, November 5, 2012
On the eve of the presidential election, I'm not going to change any minds at this point, but I'd be mad at myself if I didn't say something.
Our kids attend a Catholic grade school and recently the school held a mock presidential election. Sitting down for dinner with our kids last night, I found out that Obama won the third grade vote. Our twins are in third grade but they voted for Romney because they know my husband and I are voting for Romney. So does this mean the majority of third graders voted for Obama because they know their parents are voting for Obama? If so, do they not know or care that the Catholic church and our Religious Liberty are at stake?
If this is the case, I'm really worried. Not so much worried about the outcome of the real election, but for the outcome of future Catholic generations. I'm worried that as my children grow up around these other kids and their families, that our jobs are going to be even harder to instill Catholic social teachings if the majority of the families they grow up around aren't on the same page as we are... standing WITH the Catholic Church on all things.
I know kids will generally follow what they're first taught at home, but there will come a time when they'll hear and wonder about other values and views, and question theirs (or rather, "ours"). It takes a village to raise a family, so it's important for us to have our children surrounded by like-minded Catholic families and individuals because they will be influence by EVERYTHING around them. I'm sorry, but it's very disheartening to me to think that many Catholic children my children know may not be taught and shown the truth of our Faith from their own families, which could then be a tragic epidemic of ignorance or apathy towards Church teachings for generations to come.
This is a very touchy subject, and not one you can force upon people to change their minds or views. I feel all I can do at this point is to continue to pray for all the families of our parish and school, and I want to add this eve, my continued prayers for our country and future leaders of America.
May God bless our country, and Holy Mother, please pray for us.
at 6:24 PM