Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The President

I can refer to him as "the President" or as "Obama", but I seem to have difficulty putting the two together. I didn't want him, but now that I'm stuck with him I am trying to pray for him...hoping that God will do something wonderful and use this man as an instrument for His greater glory. Like St. Paul, I want the president to get knocked off his high horse and become God's servant in spite of himself. I know how unlikely that is, but it sure is pleasant to think about, and in all truth, stranger things have happened by the grace of God.

There is a lot of fear out there now. I try to remind those who are really afraid that nothing happens without God's will or permission. For whatever reason, God has permitted this man to become the leader of this country. He permitted Nero's and Diocletian's reigns as well. And he can work all things to the good of those who love him.

This is a time for Catholics to become more than merely good and faithful servants. It is a time for them to become heroic, and to teach their children to become heroic. What does this mean? I don't know, but I trust that God will reveal all to us on a need-to-know basis. I do know that the time for sitting on the fence is over and done with. If we are not for God, we are against Him.

3 comments:

  1. How can he not see that the unborn are humans deserving rights? It's like he has learned nothing from racial discrimination!

    Prayers, prayers, prayers....

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  2. I know--it is blindness of the same variety that allowed for Thomas Jefferson to have slaves. Strange, isn't it?

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  3. Surprise - the country elected a Chicago politician and got Chicago politics. During the reign of Diocletian countless Christians were martyred. I frankly wouldn't be surprised to see a similar attack on the Church in the present age, although I expect it would be something short of literally throwing us to the lions. As a sort of litmus test of our Catholic culture we used to ask, "If you were arrested today for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?" Not such a light question these days.

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