The Raphael Remedy

Where have you put your hope?

by | Nov 16, 2022 | Counseling

Well, another big election has come and gone and many are left bewildered, even devastated. Is our country this deeply divided? Are that many people truly in favor of evil? Or was there fraud and cheating in the election that explains such inexplicable results?

Whatever it is, it begs the question, where have you put your hope? Are you trusting God and working for good, or sitting back in cynicism, wringing your hands in despair?

We are in scary times. No doubt about that. Evil seems to have gained a foothold all over the world. But so much of what we see is an illusion. Nearly everything we see on TV is prepackaged propaganda to sway us in one direction or another. Just think about commercials. The people making them know psychology very well. They know how to play on our emotions, exploit our fears, and appeal to our vanity. If commercials didn’t work so effectively, they wouldn’t spend billions of dollars each year producing them. Yet they claim that lewd, satanic imagery during the half-time show at the Super Bowl has no negative effects…while advertisers pay millions for just 30 seconds of air-time during that same show. Do the math.

Trusting in God’s mercy

We are told in scripture that all things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose.

Even this?

Yes. Even this.

I don’t claim to know what the future holds. But I do trust in God’s promises and in Mary’s promise at Fatima that her Immaculate Heart would triumph.

So, now what?

Now, we pray. We act. We work toward becoming the people that God is calling us to be: People of faith. People of charity. People of mercy as we cry out for God’s justice.

Many fail to realize that God’s justice is not the opposite of His mercy—but a manifestation of it. We pray for mercy for sinners, and yet, we pray for justice for those victimized by the sins and crimes of others.

Leave vengeance to God.

“Vengeance is mine, sayeth the Lord.” Indeed, it is. And it will come. Those guilty of crimes against humanity will experience the Lord’s justice…and it won’t be pretty for those who refuse to repent. Believe that and leave it with God. Don’t be baited into violence or arguments and divisions with loved ones. That’s a trap.

Our role.

Our role now is to pray and make reparation for the horrific sins of humanity, as well as our own. Offer every suffering that comes your way, big and small, in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary and against her children. Fast and offer mortifications for the holy souls in purgatory, especially during this month of November. They can’t help themselves but we can help them with our prayers…and they can help us with theirs.

Decide who you want to be.

It’s easy to become bitter, vengeful and to yield to fear and anxiety. But don’t let evil people turn you into a person you don’t want to be. The devil is cunning and can use our hurts and our righteous anger against us. Don’t let him. We’re to be as wise as serpents and as innocent as doves.

Be the light.

Too many people today do not know Jesus. Bring Jesus to them. Be His light in this darkness. Speak words of hope and encouragement. Darkness cannot overcome light. It’s physically impossible…but even the smallest light can shatter darkness. You may feel like a small light but you may be the very brightness that others around you need to weather this storm that is upon us.

Remember, it always seems darkest before the dawn. Persevere in hope. God loves you and He loves this world more than anything we can imagine. He sent His son not to condemn the world but to save it. Hold onto that hope. There’s no salvation in politics. There never was. Salvation is in Christ alone. That’s where we need to place all of our hopes.

I wrote this piece a few years ago and it applies very much today. We are called to a resurrection faith…and yet most of us still live a Holy Saturday kind of faith.

So, gird your loins, hold fast to your faith, and realize that God put you here at this time in history for a reason. Do your part. The triumph will come.

If you find yourself struggling, reach out to a Catholic therapist. You don’t need to shoulder this alone.

God love you!

Allison Ricciardi, LMHC
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