My new book The Peace Maker has just been published (my copies arrived yesterday!) and I am proud to say that in it I address critical issues that not only I believe are “in our face” more than ever as Christians and as voters – but what the Catholic Church and many Christian Churches are also actively promoting as urgent: October is both “Respect Life” and “Domestic Abuse Awareness” Month. While the economy and the Middle East continue to dominate this election, voters can’t ignore that they will have a choice to vote for the “Right to Life” of the unborn. In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus holds a child in his lap and says “whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me,” and “See that you do not despise one of these little ones…”; what a powerful statement on behalf of the Right to Life! Further, the Church states that “Violence against women, inside or outside the home, is never justified. Violence in any form, physical, sexual, psychological, or verbal, is sinful.” I hope that by writing “The Peace Maker” I will help shed another ray of light on these important issues – and hopefully it comes just in time to help voters search their hearts in the upcoming election and God Bless!