Well, I don’t know about you, but I feel a little beat up after the political circus of the last month or so. Ugly, shameful and, quite frankly, exasperating. Those words describe well what was one of the most despicable episodes in our country’s history.
I don’t want to talk about the politics or even the facts of the matter. That was debated ad nauseum all over the TV and blogosphere. But I do want to talk to you about three important takeaways from this bruising political and social brawl, otherwise known as the Senate confirmation hearings.
Clearly the country is deeply divided and it seems to be coming to an ugly crescendo. All rules and order seem to have been thrown out the window, engendering angst, consternation, hostility, and even violence.
As people of faith, we need to hold fast to two principles: Truth and a firm belief in the Triumph of Mary’s Immaculate Heart.
Appalling corruption is being exposed in every institution of society, including the Church. Frightful and regrettable as they may be, these revelations should be welcome. After all, nothing can be healed until it’s fully revealed.
Stand firm in the Truth.
We need to have the courage of our convictions and stand firm in proclaiming the truth no matter how unpopular it may seem. But remember, things are not always what they seem. Truth can be twisted and distorted in an effort to engender discouragement. Do not take the bait. Pray for truth and for discernment but always with hope. God is in control.
As firmly convicted as you may be, those who disagree with you (who may be your family, your friend, or even your own children) may be equally convicted in their view of the truth. When such debates blow up and threaten family stability, a good way to defuse the situation is to make the simple suggestion to pray for the truth, whatever that may be. Who can’t get onboard with that? Then to commit to that prayer.
Don’t give up
So often we give up when we’re very close to victory. Do not be tempted to despair, not matter how dark it may seem. Remember, when someone is winning they will have the courage of their convictions and persevere. When the yelling, name calling and character assassination starts, that’s a sure sign of the opposition crumbling. Take heart and persevere all the more in prayer and good works.
God always wins but He sometimes allows us a fierce battle to fortify us. God’s will is peace but sometimes we need a battle to achieve that. Remember, this battle is not of flesh and blood, but of powers and principalities. Call on the angels to help you and persevere.
Believe in the Triumph
Remember when you were very little and your mom told you something? You rarely questioned her. After all moms don’t lie and they seem so all powerful when we’re small so why wouldn’t we trust them?
We need to have that same childlike faith and confidence in our Heavenly mother. She promised at Fatima that in the end Her Immaculate Heart would triumph. How long it takes depends on our level of cooperation. Too many did not heed her warning at Fatima and society has suffered much.
But she promised her heart would ultimately triumph. It. Will.
Mary told one of the visionaries at Medjugorje a few years ago that her Triumph had already begun….just like a good mother takes everything down to clean it before putting it up right again. It’s happening. It may look like a hot mess for a while as it comes down but don’t despair. The Triumph has begun.
But we can’t leave it there…now is the time to step up our prayers—for ourselves, for our families, for our nation, and for our Church. There will be a lot of collateral damage as it comes tumbling down. Now is the time to get on the right side. Go to confession. Do penance. Pray the Rosary. Hasten the Triumph with your prayers.
Then trust with childlike faith as we await the Triumph.