that man can live only in dependence on God. Man is to learn to live
by God, for then he really lives, then he has eternal life, for God is
eternal. Anyone who lives with him and in dependence on him is already
in that real life which reaches out beyond death. Living in dependence
on God means not being one’s own master, not wanting to take charge of
the world oneself; it means saying good-bye to the dream of autonomy and of being one’s own boss, recognizing that we cannot do it on our own and learning to accept our life day by day from his hands, without anxiety and full of confidence.
The election results we just learned have some of us disappointed, some
of us depressed, and some of us filled with anxiety. And fairly so –
much of what we have preached, written, worked, and debated about, not
just for the past year or so, but for the last few decades, seems to
have been all but swept away for good.
During this election cycle, many of us have tried our hardest to draw
more attention toward the plight of the unborn – trying to bring
awareness to the fact of being on the precipice of either ending Roe v.
Wade and Doe v. Bolton or cementing it in our legislative and judicial
system for another 2 or 3 decades.
We have also attempted to bring about awareness of other life issues at
stake, such as embryonic stem cell research. We have tried to correct
Catholics who were misled by the false teachings of Vice
President-elect Biden and House Speaker Pelosi, who gave scandal by
their interpretations of Church teachings regarding abortion. Several
of us drew attention to Planned Parenthood by peaceful, prayerful vigil
outside their "clinics". Several more of us fasted for 40 days, and
many more prayed that Our Lady, the Queen of Victory and Patroness of
the Americas, would guide our country to the fullness of God’s will.
And now we feel let down – that our prayers, fasts, and sacrifices (of time and money) were for naught.
What these words of Pope Benedict tell us is this: the fight is not
ours – it is the Lord’s. We are not to live in dependence upon our own
actions, our own debates, our own votes – ultimate sovereignty lies
with God, and He is plotting the course. Whatever we see now as
failure must be viewed through the lens of the Cross. The death of the
Messiah was viewed as the ultimate failure of Israel – the hope of
Jerusalem was killed by the very same people of Jerusalem.
For us Christians, there is a happy (or rather, glorious) ending to
this story – the Resurrection. Jesus – the Christ, the Messiah, the
Lord – came back from the dead, not because of the actions of Peter and
the disciples (good or bad), or because of the weeping of the women at
the foot of the cross, or because of the money of Joseph of Arimathea.
God came back from the dead because it was God’s plan.
Likewise, in the eternal view of things, the setbacks we faced in this
election are forcing all of us to realize that we must be first of all
dependent upon the manna from Heaven. We prayed that God’s will be
done, just as Jesus prayed it in Gethsemane. Now we must believe that
our prayers were heard and are this very minute being answered and
brought to fulfillment in ways we cannot yet see and cannot imagine.
Now is the time for Easter-like hope, even though we feel a loss akin
to Good Friday.
If our worst fears are realized – if the Mexico City policy is revoked,
the Freedom of Choice Act is put into law, and pro-abortion Supreme
Court Justices are replaced with more pro-abortion Justices (what an
oxymoron that term is) – then we must do as Christians have always
done: know that bad things happen to good people so that good people
can be moved to do great things. We must be the good people that do
great things in the time of evil. We must be the light in the
darkness. We must be more vigilant in our lives, more bold in
proclaiming the Gospel, and more prayerful in our daily lives.
God bless, protect, and keep you all