First of all, thanks be to God that we have a Faith that is impervious to politics.
Second, I’m grateful that I live in the United States of America. We may not feel very united all the time given some of the deep divides we face in our politics, but we are, still, a single country. We must remember that. We must continue to respect one another, by respecting the dignity of each human person. Respect for one another is the foundation of loving one another — part of the Golden Rule, even if loving our neighbor is challenging, or our love goes unreturned. Our call to love is not based on outcomes. We love, period. Love is hard. Love requires sacrifice.
Third, and the reason I’m writing this post: Regardless of which candidates and laws got voted in last night, our mission as Catholic Christians remains the same as it was before the election: to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ to the ends of earth until the Lord returns.
Over the last few weekends I have had the privilege to be a presenter at different Catholic conferences and parishes. I remain convinced that people need the Lord, and people need to know his love, and we — the Church — are to feed their hunger. After those events, and after this election, I’m even more convinced that this Year of Faith, and our more longterm call to a new evangelization becomes crystal clear. And that word “clear” stays with me. If we want to see change in our culture, it must come from the changes that comes from deeper conversion within each one of us.
Our Catholic mission is clear.
We must make our faith and morals more clear to all Catholics… the faithful in the pews, and the non-practicing ones who still identify as Catholic even if they do not embrace all of the Church’s teachings.
We must make our faith and morals more clear to all non-Catholic Christians… finding points of connection and intersection where we can walk in fellowship and dialogue in sharing this work of renewal and restoration.