|Faithful Citizen Award|
The Award to a Faithful Citizen is conferred upon people who are led by the Holy Spirit and who manifest the Incarnate Love of God for this world in their lives and actions as Catholics. Their experience of the Love of God, and the way it flows through their attitudes and actions, is made real in the contributions they make to civic, economic, political and social dimensions of the way of life that “We the People” share as citizens of our democratic republic, the United States of America.
This Gospel Love animates and empowers them to be full participants in our American democratic way of life as they remain committed to the Truth of this Love, lived and expressed through their Catholic faith. In both spoken and unspoken human communications and interactions, they are effective voices of the Catholic Christian view of the world and inﬂuence the institutions that embody our American way of life. Gospel Love provides the lens through which they discern their choices to be good stewards of the gifts they have received. In turn, they generously share these gifts as they serve others. Their love for our republic increases their desire to bring to it the power of the Gospel Love, which alone overcomes its inherent ﬂaws, limitations, weaknesses and sinfulness that are found in any humanly-created way of life. As fully participating citizens in our democratic American way of life, they care for the well-being of others and seek, according to their means, to heal a broken world in which love has often grown cold (Matthew 24:12).
Faithful citizens are ambassadors of reconciliation and integration. They offer practical means to realize the promise of the prophet Isaiah that “Love and truth will meet; justice and peace shall kiss” (Psalm 85:11). They unmask the cultural illusions that divide and split life into segments. Faithful citizens proclaim true E pluribus unum persons in community, and defy a split between the private and public dimensions of life. They show that living life to the fullest involves the ebb and ﬂow of giving and receiving in community. For them, life itself is worship and liturgy, the ongoing dialogue of love between God and his people who fully, consciously and actively seek the good of all in common. United with the heart of Jesus that “all may be one” (John 17:21), their reconciling integrity impacts the contexts, conditions and circumstances that shape the lives of others for communion and community of persons who are alive, free and able to pursue true happiness in God.