Creating a Campaign Ad

Oh my goodness!  We are so inundated with television campaign ads that are so mean!  I noticed that in one ad, after slandering their rival, the candidate ended with a snippet of information about his own qualifications.

It made me wonder why, if you are the right candidate, don't you just put out an ad telling us why you are so wonderfully qualified?  Why do you have to run the other guy down?  Don't you realize that it just makes you look bad for doing it?

I remember the priest who married us telling us that you should never run down your spouse in front of other people because it just makes you look bad for having picked such a terrible spouse!

I thought it was funny, but there is some truth, at least to the part about being critical of your spouse in front of other people.  Now, if you need to vent privately to a friend, that's different, but, in most circumstances, the best thing might be to talk to your spouse about your frustrations and try to work through them together, rather than just complain to someone else.  I guess it depends on the individual situation.

Anyway, it's really sad to me to think of the ugliness involved in campaigning.  I've been reading a book on Abraham Lincoln, and as I compare some of the things I am reading to what we are living through, it is pretty interesting.  In some of his speeches, he would, quite frankly, address the error of his opponent when his opponent misquoted him, whether intentionally or not, and stand his ground on what he said or didn't say.  I can see where his name "Honest Abe" carried over into his stump speeches.

As disciples, we could take a lesson from ole Abe.  Stay faithful to what you know--that Jesus died for each of us and that when this life is over, we can look forward to heaven.  Stand your ground when others try to tell you faith is just a crutch, or fiction, or whatever they are saying now.

Be kind.  Be frank, and know of what you speak.  

Here's your assignment today:

If you were running an ad for "candidate" Jesus, what would you put in it?  Write one.  It will help you sort out some of the things you believe, and help you identify what you see as the most important thing others should know about him.

If you feel so motivated, I think it would be fun to see what you come up with, so why not share it?

Once you have made your ad, then maybe you can become a walking advertisement, displaying the truth about Jesus in your words and actions, showing the world why you believe in him and what makes you think he is so great!

Janet Cassidy


Click HERE for excellent resources that will help you understand more about the claims of Proposal 3. Please note that if you would like the Spanish version, just click on those words on the link.  

Please join us (even if you are not Catholic) in praying the 54-Day Rosary Novena.  You can join in anytime.  HERE is a nice link that shows you how to pray it.  Don't have a Rosary?  You can listen online as it is recited on CatholicTV or elsewhere.

Remember, the Rosary can be prayed by anyone; it offers a beautiful opportunity to reflect on the life of Jesus.  I encourage you to give it a try!  Let me know if you have any questions about praying it.



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