I woke up this morning and started my little morning ritual. I looked at Instagram and watched the silliness of my children; I “LinkedIn” and read about different things going on in the business world and then I went to Twitter to read about other worldly matters. I saw a quote that Rocco Palmo (posted on Twitter) about an anonymous bishop railing on the President for pushing to have Churches opened again; the bishop went as far as to call the President a pagan (and did this as anonymous). As most people who know me know that I have gotten out of politics; I don’t like the way the left and the right divide the Country and if you follow any news, any social media outlets, the Country is divided. I am conservative and I am Catholic and that is the extent of how I vote. Did I vote for Donald Trump? Yes. Will I vote for Donald Trump again? Yes. Do I like all of the “chutzpah” of Donald Trump? Not necessarily. So what is it about Donald Trump that makes me called to vote for him again. Whether you agree with me or not, whether you like the man or not, President Trump has done more in his time as President to help the Pro-Life movement move forward in their fight against abortion that the entire Pro-Life movement has done for itself in their 48 years of existence. Again, this is the humble opinion of this blogger. You can agree or disagree with this comment, but that is why I will vote for him again.
So when I read the comment about Trump being a pagan, something inside of me went off and made my mind go to a quote from a movie I’ve never seen before. Work of the Holy Spirit? I won’t go that far. I just remember hearing this quote from something/somewhere in the past and thought it fit rather well into the environment of the day. What is the quote? “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!” from the 1976 movie Network.
So again, let me make this clear. I hate politics. I hate the divisions in our Country right now. Yesterday I talked about being able to pray and heal someone in need. I think I know what it is I’m need to pray for and that is the divisions in our Country to be healed. This Country was founded on religious freedoms; our currency carries the motto “In God We Trust”; many of our fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, friends have paid the ultimate sacrifice for these “truths we hold to be self evident” and we honor them for that ultimate sacrifice this holiday weekend.
In as much as this post this morning sounds “political”, it is not meant to be that way. My faith teaches me to love life, to love mankind, to love God above all things. Today’s responsorial psalm sums up my political beliefs rather nicely…God is king of all the earth. It really is that simple for me. What complicates the matter is living in this world; it seems to be quite the challenge in these days of political and religious turmoil. I recall the line from one of the readings last weekend…For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that be the will of God, than for doing evil. And so it is that I will continue in my beliefs and will continue to do what I believe is right in the eyes of God; God’s will for me to pursue.
Do something great for our Lord today – All you peoples, clap your hands; shout to God with cries of gladness. For the LORD, the Most High, the awesome, is the great king over all the earth. God is king of all the earth.
God’s will, not mine, be done.
Be not afraid; just have faith.
Jesus, I trust in You.
He must increase; I must decrease.
Lord, if You wish, You can make me clean.
But you man of God chose righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience and gentleness. Compete well for the faith.
Eternal God, in Whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion – inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us so that in difficult moments we may not despair nor become despondent but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will which is Love and Mercy itself.