In times like this I take comfort in the wisdom of our first Pope:
“In this you rejoice, though now for a little while you may have to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold which though perishable is tested by fire, may redound to praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Without having seen him you love him; though you do not now see him you believe in him and rejoice with unutterable and exalted joy. As the outcome of your faith you obtain the salvation of your souls” (1 Peter 1:6-9).
However I can’t help but be worried about the future of our dear country. In the words of our last pope, “a nation that kills its own children is a nation without hope.” I disagree with one prominant conservative talk show host. The most defining issue of our time is our willingness to defend the weak and defenseless members of our society.
The fight to defeat Amendment 2 was remarkable and the turnout against it was nothing short of a miracle. We knew when we started that it would be a hard fight. I was actually more surprised by the outcome of the Senate race to tell the truth. Unfortunately it appears that this election had more to do with the American people’s disapproval of the war and the president than protecting our voiceless brothers and sisters.
So, obviously, we have work to do. We must and we will continue to fight for the dignity and respect of all human life.
“Yes, America, you are beautiful indeed, and blessed in so many ways…America, your deepest identity and truest character as a nation is revealed in the position you take towards the human person. The ultimate test of your greatness is the way you treat every human being, but especially the weakest and most defenseless ones. The best traditions of your land presume respect for those who cannot defend themselves. If you want equal justice for all, and true freedom and lasting peace, then, America, defend life!” ~John Paul II