Before donating, do a little research...

Sometimes I find myself waking up in the morning and wanting to pinch myself to check if I'm still dreaming. I guess it's safe to say none of us ever thought we would be living in such a time. A time filled with so much fear, confusion, hatred, anger, violence. There are so many causes that we have to fight for, so many things we want to support and protect. But then comes the confusion of what is true and what is a lie? What cause is right to fight for and which one is not?

I remember when I was younger I always had this fire that I wanted to help every organization, or support policies/candidates I came across that looked like they were doing the right thing. When you look at the intentions, many times they are very good. Some look after the poor, some fight for social justice causes, others fight for changes in policies to better the lives of its people.

Recently I have realized that it's no longer that simple. Many times these organizations, demonstrations or protests have good intentions but are founded on destruction and immorality.

In 2006 Pope Benedict XVI wrote a letter addressing the European Parliament (see link below) and outlined that we have non-negotiable principles when it came to politics and policies:

"As far as the Catholic Church is concerned, the principal focus of her interventions in the public arena is the protection and promotion of the dignity of the person, and she is thereby consciously drawing particular attention to principles which are not negotiable. Among these the following emerge clearly today:

- protection of life in all its stages, from the first moment of conception until natural death;

- recognition and promotion of the natural structure of the family - as a union between a man and a woman based on marriage - and its defense from attempts to make it juridically equivalent to radically different forms of union which in reality harm it and contribute to its destabilization, obscuring its particular character and its irreplaceable social role;

- the protection of the right of parents to educate their children." **

As Christians I feel this is extremely important for us to remember because it means we have to be VERY cautious who we support, whether it be by voting or active participation in organizations/movements.

Before we make a post on our social media, make a donation or are present at marches showing our support I advise you all to take a moment to understand what that particular movement/organization is founded on. Who are its founders and what do they intend to accomplish? I remember feeling soo shocked when I would find out that some movements have it written in their policy that their desire is to destroy the family unit, or others support the push for unrestricted abortions, or others support the push of socialism and communism.

Don't follow just because everyone around you is or because it looks like "the right thing." There are certain things that are non-negotiable and we cannot support as Christians.

When in doubt...pray to the Holy Spirit for the gift of Wisdom and Right Judgment. He will always guide you on the right path.

Walking Together,

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