Email from a Priest:
Peace of Christ to you, Brothers and Sisters in Christ.
In the aftermath of the elections, one can be sad. Afterall, it is a sad outcome to see that, reportedly, the Catholic vote secured Obama’s second term as president. It is almost incomprehensible. Yet, do not think that all your prayers and sacrifices were ineffective. Impossible. They bear fruit we cannot yet see, or at least recognize as such. And they will continue to bear fruit. That’s just how good God is.
Yes, we can be saddened, but not discouraged. We must move on. We have work to do! As our Holy Father, Pope Benedict reminded us last year in Madrid (August 20, 2011):
“Dear friends, may no adversity paralyze you. Be afraid neither of the world, nor of the future, nor of your weakness.
The Lord has allowed you to live in this moment of history so that, by your faith,
his name will continue to resound throughout the world.”
So, now let us be happy. Our Father is God. The readings of yesterday’s Mass were most opportune: St. Paul reminded us to “be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine like lights in the world, as you hold on to the word of life, so that my boast for the day of Christ may be that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. But, even if I am poured out as a libation upon the sacrificial service of your faith, I rejoice and share my joy with all of you.
In the same way you also should rejoice and share your joy with me.”
Someone is quoted as saying that with this election “God has lifted His blessing” from our land. That may be true in a sense, but it is also true, very true, that He has offered us another blessing: the blessing of suffering and sacrifice. And with this we can cooperate in the very work of Christ through redemptive love. He Himself lamented that a time would come when “because wickedness is multiplied, most men’s love will grow cold.” (Mt.24,14) And He also asked if “When the Son of Man comes again, will there be faith on the earth?” Let us assure Him, “Yes, Lord Jesus, there will be faith! We will be faithful! We want Your love! And we will spend ourselves in the New Evangelization! ”
Let us be grateful that we have been given popes in our time who are equal to the challenges set before us. These popes are veritable gifts of God’s unfathomable Mercy. John Paul II began his pontificate reminding us to “Be not afraid!” And he told us the secret: “Open your hearts to Christ.” And Pope Benedict has most recently given us this Year of Faith, obviously knowing that we would need it. Wise and noble patriarch that he is, he reminded us that:
“What the world is in particular need of today is the credible witness of people enlightened in mind and heart by the word of the Lord, and capable of opening the hearts and minds of many to the desire for God and for true life, life without end…” (Porta Fidei)