In his first address after becoming pope in 1978, St. John Paul II said this:
“One expression only, among so many others, comes immediately to our lips at this moment:
‘O the depth… of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!’”
Acknowledging the sudden tragic death of John Paul I, he continued:
“How could we have been able to foresee that this formidable heritage would have been placed on our shoulders? For this reason, it is necessary for us to meditate upon the mysterious design of the provident and good God, not indeed in order to understand, but, rather, that we may worship and pray. Truly we feel the need to repeat the words of the Psalmist who, raising his eyes aloft, exclaimed: “From whence does my help come? My help comes from the Lord.” (Ps 120:1-2).
Our help comes from the Lord!
Our nation is going through an incredibly difficult time. Due to COVID-19, whole industries are being shuttered, cities (even entire states) are quarantined, and perhaps most distressing of all…our churches are closed, and many sacraments have been suspended.
During this difficult time, our first priority at CatholicVote is to pray for the health and safety of our friends, family, caregivers, and our nation.
To this end, we are praying with each of you. Just this week we are leading a Novena to Our Lady of the Annunciation whose feast we celebrate next Wednesday. And of course, a lot of rosaries…
Our help indeed comes from the Lord. And our Blessed Mother is our intercessor!
At the same time, I want you to know that we are not suspending any programs. The country may be reduced to a standstill, but we are not. Joe Biden’s campaign just received $18 million from Michael Bloomberg this morning. He’s ramping up, not slowing down. And the shameless attacks on the President have not stopped because of this national emergency.
LATEST UPDATE: We now have full-time staff in 5 key battleground states. Your CV team is recruiting parish captains and volunteer teams via phone and email to make use of our unrivaled database of over 4 million Mass-attending Catholics across these target states. We are networking with pastors, priests, Knights of Columbus councils, pro-life groups, and more.
As a young woman in Florida recently put it: “Finally! Someone is organizing the Catholics! What took so long?”
By the time we are done, we will have built the largest and most advanced Catholic voter mobilization movement ever. And you are helping make it happen.
Here’s the truth: when the virus threat finally begins to subside, I can promise you the political attacks will be relentless. While nobody wants anyone to die, I have no doubt there are people rooting for the virus to create more political and economic chaos for our President. And sadly, some of these partisans are Catholic.
But our work right now will avoid scoring political points.
Instead we are focused on uniting Americans as we fight through this unprecedented trial. That’s why I’ve asked our creative team to focus their efforts on producing and distributing “good news” content to bring us together, inspire hope, and to put our creative talents into action — for every American.
Please know how much I appreciate your support, especially during this most challenging time.
May this crisis we are all enduring draw us closer to Jesus and His Blessed Mother and remind us of what is truly most important in life, our faith and our family.