On this point, Archbishop Gomez said that only one thing can change the world: the call to be a saint.
"This the reason we are here – to follow Jesus Christ and to become more and more like him, through the grace of sacraments and through our desire for holiness. This is the beautiful truth about who we are as children of God," he said, emphasizing the need for saints in every aspect of human life.
His comments came only a day after All Saint's Day, in which the Catholic Church recognizes and celebrates the lives of the saints. Archbishop Gomez noted the timely feast, encouraging the faithful to emulate the example of these saints who were in "the middle of the world" and yet remained untouched by its lures.
"That's another way to answer the questions we have about this election and the issues we face in our culture and our society. God wants saints everywhere!"
Instead of despairing at the voting booth, Archbishop Gomez encouraged the building of morality and spirituality among individuals, saying that personal renewal will impact a cultural renewal, no matter who wins the presidential nomination.
He laid out concrete examples of ways to pursue renewal: strengthen personal prayer and relationship with God, build up communal relationships in marriages and families, and be witnesses to the Church through compassion and mercy.
"Our country and our world will be renewed – not by politics, but by saints. And that means you and that means me. If we want a greater America, we need to become, by the grace of God, greater saints," Archbishop Gomez said.
"No matter who is President, Jesus Christ is still the King. And we are still called to be saints and to renew this world in the image of his Kingdom."