Dearest Friends for Life,
My heart is heavy this morning. Particularly for the unborn and for those who understand what it is to mourn the loss of our religious freedom.
I was not optimistic about the election to begin with. We chose a moderate candidate who is a very nice gentleman, who has a great family, who is not 100% pro-life. There were preventable problems in the campaign and unpreventable circumstances that no one could not control. It was an uphill climb from the outset. But it is God's most Holy will and who am I to question? Job put it best....'Blessed be the Lord'.
So what is our response at a time like this? Seems to me that it is always darkest before dawn. Rather than gaze and despair in the darkness though, I believe it is time to live our faith; now more than ever. What are our tools? The Sacraments, the Church, the Faithful near and around you, Prayer--especially for those who persecute you--, Action, Service to neighbor. The list is yours to discover. There is no better time than now for a YEAR of faith, let alone a 'forever' full of faith. I firmly believe that God put us here in this place, at this time, so that we as His children, can speak the truth in love and with great hope. We shine. Not with a false hope based on political idioms, but a real, radiant hope based on the life, death and resurrection of our Savior who conquered our oldest enemies of sin and death. God is bigger than all of this. We all have a voice. We are all witnesses. We all will rise to the challenge. We will all be called to account. I am nothing but a dustball (lowly dust maiden :-) , but I am a dustball with the King of the Universe as my Father.
This isn't over.
So, my words of hope and encouragement to you are this....hang in there. You are now part of the Divinely-led 'Chin Up' Minority. We've got work! No saint was ever called to a cushy job. No saint was ever born into a cushy generation. No saint was unacquainted with uphill climbs.
This is OUR time to be light and salt because of all HE did for us on that cross. You with me?
Soldiering on in hope...
Yours always in Christ,