Today we heard the news of Hillary Clinton and a great injustice welled up in many hearts. How could a presidential candidate commit such crimes yet not pay the price for them?
If you’re like me, you’re hearing the outrage in every outlet online and in real life. We feel betrayed because the system meant to uphold the common good has been cheapened through this. It’s a divisive moment in American history no doubt.
Beyond this, something I haven’t noticed (and which I find even more alarming) is a truly radical Christian response. All around me I see strong words and no actions. I see offended citizens but no movements being formed. I see people who have become lukewarm in action and too loud in reaction.
It’s reminded me of one of my favorite quotes is from a St. Leo the Great sermon that’s quoted in the third section of the Catechism:
Christian, recognize your dignity and, now that you share in God’s own nature, do not return to your former base condition by sinning. Remember who is your head and of whose body you are a member. Never forget that you have been rescued from the power of darkness and brought into the light of the Kingdom of God.
Remember who is your head and of whose body you are a member. Where does your loyalty lie? We are first citizens of heaven, then of this nation. What have we done today to live that reality?
Before posting on Facebook, did you pray for our nation? Before publicly condemning Hillary, have you prayed for her conversion? If things are really getting that bad, have you formed your conscience on Catholic social teaching and politics? Are you seeking to be an active part of the political climate to make a positive change?
We are members of the One who is Love Himself. Charity must be our response.
“Charity is the greatest social commandment. It respects others and their rights. It requires the practice of justice, and it alone makes us capable of it…Where sin has perverted the social climate, it is necessary to call for the conversion of hearts and appeal to the grace of God. Charity urges just reforms. There is no solution to the social question apart from the Gospel” (CCC 1889 & 1896).
Here’s a sobering thought: if somehow it’s as bad as our worst imagination could make this out to be, and it’s all a rigged power/money game to put a tyrant in office, how are we acting today that will make the future persecutions worth it? Will we look back with our grandchildren and tell them a heroes tale? Or will we have to admit we never so much as fasted for the country? Will we have to look them in the eyes as they suffer under freedoms lost and admit we did nothing more than complain on Facebook?
It’s time to get busy in true charity. The best and most probable scenario is that it’s just the dramatic pre-game of the impending November of an election year. But if any other outcome befalls us, what do you want to be doing as a Catholic? What actions will you be proud to look back on?
Be radical. Pray deeply with your heart for our country and both presidential candidates. Fast for the elections. Beg St. Paul to pray for the conversion of Hillary and Trump. Start a novena for the citizens of our country to be brave and bold in standing up for justice in the face of evil. Go out and be an active part of your local government. Become a face of justice in your own community. Live out a truthful life and root out sin. Live the Gospel.
Do these things first. Do them before complaining, do them before offering your opinion, do them now and do them well.