by Tony Magliano
During this month of political conventions, when America’s two major parties adopt platforms designed to further their particular goals, it is clear that neither party’s goals reflect a genuine, total commitment to God, all of God’s people and all of God’s creation.
While the rich receive huge tax breaks and corporate welfare continues, the poor, the vulnerable and the earth are given little attention and receive token assistance.
What is desperately needed is a people’s platform.
But where do we go for guidance in formulating a solidly moral platform that honors God and thus respects all people and all creation?
First, we break open the Gospel to prayerfully absorb what Jesus taught by word and action. He, and his word, must be our rock-solid foundation. Otherwise we build our house on sand.
From Jesus we learn to totally trust in God — not my will be done, but thy will be done!
So what is God’s will? Jesus summed it up perfectly: “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.”
Jesus is the ideal model for us; the perfect example of how to truly love.
His loving life taught us to protect the life and promote the dignity of every single human being. This means no one, absolutely no one, is expendable.
From the first moment of conception to natural death, we must value and protect all life. For in the words of St. John Paul II, “We are all really responsible for all.”