A blog by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration about justice and peace issues

I offer the article linked below as a reflection in our last week before the
election. We have spent close to two years now on the campaign trail
listening to different visions of what our future should look like and
what the needs are of our nation and world at this time. It has been a
long road and we may find ourselves weary of the talk, gossip and
hype that surround the campaign trail. It can be difficult to remember
amongst all the blitz that we are poised to make a historic decision
as a country and to enact the fundamental human right of political
participation.

This article was a good reminder to me that wherever I may stand on
issues or on candidates this race in particular bears the historic
mark of having a woman, an African American, and a torture survivor
being granted the political space and possibility of becoming the next
leader of our nation. A page in our cultural imagination and social
history has been turned, at a time when so much of our domestic sphere
is shadowed by fears of war, economic collapse, and environmental
destruction this is a heartening reminder. We are moving forward, ever
so slowly, toward a table more open and welcome than before.
http://www.newsweek.com/id/165660

Much Peace Liz

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Comments on: "Turning a page in our cultural imagination" (3)

  1. Sarah said:

    Thanks for the reminder of the precious gift of voting. I am weary of the negativity, wary about whether real change will come, and slightly excited (my inner political activist can’t wait for the drama of election night).
    The right of voting has been so hard fought. I marched in Selma at the 30th anniversary and remembered the people who struggled and died for this right.
    Lots of peace to you!

  2. Linda Mershon said:

    Thanks Liz. I voted today – to avoid the crowds on Tuesday and because I am going to volunteer on Tuesday to help get out the vote. I was struck by how I felt afterwards. Can’t wait until Wednesday morning – and I’ll be 60! LM

  3. Chandra said:

    “wherever I may stand on
    issues or on candidates this race in particular bears the historic
    mark of having a woman, an African American, and a torture survivor
    being granted the political space and possibility of becoming the next
    leader of our nation.”

    I really appreciate how well you put this into words, the significance of this election at a basic level. Thank you for that.

    I voted early and felt so good to do so. I said a prayer that our votes will really count and just appreciated the ability to do so.

    I too will be volunteering on Monday and Tuesday, it is good to be involved.

    Thanks again for your thoughtful and wise sharing.

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