The weeks and months of COVID-19 and the resulting quarantines leave many of us weary and a little depressed. National unrest, racism and violence mar the face of our country. We may mistakenly think that the answers to these challenges lie somewhere beyond us. These are problems for someone else to solve. But the hope for healing and peace depends, in fact, on each of us. In a democracy, participation in fair and honest debate and courageous demands for justice are expressions of loyalty to country. As citizens, we can and must address our nation’s ills. Exercising our right to vote is one way we do this. Every vote is needed. Every vote counts. Before he died, John Lewis, civil rights leader and U.S. Congressman said, “Each of us has a moral obligation to stand up, speak up and speak out.” As Americans, we have this precious freedom. May we use it and never lose it.
By Christian Morris, OSB