After listening to a lot of campaign speeches and watching a lot of political advertisements, the time arrives this Tuesday, November 6, to vote. Here at Sacred Heart Cathedral our narthex (gathering space) will see an increased flow of "pedestrian" traffic, since we serve as a polling station.

It seems that every year fewer Americans exercise this right. In the November 2008 elections, only 64% percent of eligible voters nationwide went to vote. Sadly, only 49 percent of eligible young people between the ages of 18 and 24 voted.

In the Catholic tradition the exercise of responsible citizenship is a virtue. "It is necessary that all participate  ... in promoting the common good. This obligation is inherent in the dignity of the human person  ... as far as possible citizens should take an active part in public life  (Catechism of the Catholic Church,  nos. 1913 - 1915).

May we pray for discernment as we make important choices about our government and the leaders whom we will invest with the responsibility to represent us and our ideals.

And then let us go to the polls and vote!