” If only we had another Ronald Reagan. ” The words floated out of my friends mouth and hung in mid-air. It is a tendency we all have- to see the past as better, but as I listened to him extol the greatness of Reagan I couldn’t help but think it a bit naive. We are living in a country completely polarized. The choice between a political candidate was once thought of as a choice over who was the best leader- not a life and death matter. In our country, black and white are becoming the norm. We are not fighting over who has the leadership skills, but who truly cherishes life.
We are in the middle of it as here in Alabama we are preparing for our primary election on Tuesday. Our state is crowded with signs and ads, telling us who we should vote for. Friends and family are enjoying a chance to meet the candidates and get some first hand knowledge. But when it comes down to it I think we all need to be aware that there is more to it then a vote. What we do in our daily lives should have a positive influence on the world we live in. We have some great examples of ordinary people who are using their talents well. Lila Rose, Tim Tebow; people like the recently deceased political activist Andrew Breitbart – they tirelessly effect countless lives. As we get deeper into this political season we need to ask ourselves a few questions.
What am I doing to wake my country up from our moral decline? How have you joined in the flight against the HHS mandate. How am I working to promote religious freedom?
Second, we must pray. Easy to say- hard to do! Yet so necessary if we are going to accomplish anything.
Third, we must remember to have patience. Padre Pio once wrote ” Do not be discouraged if you work much and reap little… if you would think how much only one soul is worth to Jesus you would make no complaint at all.”
Today at mass here at EWTN, our in resident show- host Father Mitch Pacwa gave a startling analogy. The gospel for today (March 8, 2012) tells the story of Lazarus. Most have us have heard that reading dozens of times, but today it jumped out at me like never before. Father reminded us that the rich man didn’t fail because he was cruel to Lazarus but because he didn’t do anything at all! Will we end up like the rich man in the gospels, because we sat around in our comfort?
And now for a little fun here is a song written by a group called FirstLoveBand. If you haven’t heard it yet you are in for a treat. It is quite the catchy little song, and the perfect example of someone giving of their talents. Game On By FirstLoveBand.
So what are you doing for our Nation? Any ideas are welcome!