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Thinking of this in light of the presidential elections in the United States, while I am very disheartened by the results, especially since the candidate who is the most anti-life and anti-religious freedom got the Catholic vote, I can't help but be joyful, too, remembering that God is always in control and He calls each and every one of us to bring His light of love, peace and joy to those around us. It's really a very simple philosophy, if not always easy to live out. We are called to be faithful in all things and if we can manage to do that, we will always remain close to His heart.
I have been encouraged by the recent words of Archbishop Chaput: "We are Catholics before we are Americans," but I am sorry that many Catholics don't seem to feel that way and want to make the Catholic Church into something it isn't and can never be, that is, a Church that allows death to have the last word. For we know that in the end our Resurrected Lord will cause us all to rejoice with a hearty Risus Paschalis, an Easter laugh. God always wins, even if there are dark days when it seems as if that is impossible.
We have to trust that no matter how evil and wicked others may seem to be through their words and actions and in their beliefs, He still shines within our souls. It is our greatest responsibility to continue to serve Him with joy and love and to do all we can to bring others to know and love Him in such a way as to save their souls. It's a huge and often lonely task, seemingly insurmountable. I think about the movie For Greater Glory which portrayed the persecution of the Church in 21st century Mexico, and other horrible events in history such as the reign of Nazi terror and the ensuing holocaust of our Jewish brothers and sisters, and the rise of communism which represses faith in God. Despite the evident hold of evil upon the hearts of many as seen in these heinous events of world history, God's faithful are plentiful and will remain firm in their beliefs.
We are called to carry on and bring the light of Christ to those around us, even to those who refuse to accept the light. We are to hold our heads high in following the narrow path while at the same time humbly serving those around us and doing all we can to see the God that lives within each of us while praying continually in atonement for the sins of our nation and especially for each of our individual sins. These are the times in which saints and martyrs will be made. Let's shine for all we're worth! For the love of God, are you in?