If you are sad about the election results. If you are depressed. If you find yourself angry or whatever…stop it. Now.
First off, none of that is productive or is going to change the outcome. Not one iota.
Secondly, for all the wailing and gnashing of teeth going on, I offer the wisdom of a man I have never met that appeared on one such facebook post:
If you put your trust in Jesus and His economy you wouldn’t be sad at all. Pay tithes give offerings and don’t allow Satan to steal your joy as he so often seems to do. Put your faith in Christ and what He’s conquered on the CROSS!
Think about those words hard. Yes, Christ calls us to action in our world, but He also calls us to do the above. He requires of us unwavering faith. Faith that does not allow us to become depressed but should spur us on to action, which speaking of action…
Third: next facebook meme you want to post about the election results, stop yourself. First, let’s think rationally, who is on your facebook friends list? Is is mostly people you know? Mostly other Catholics? Mostly people who think and live as you do? Well, then, why are you posting? To show solidarity? To prove to them how invested you are in your faith? Why? Is your post going to enlighten ANYONE to your truth and way of thinking? For the majority of us that answer is no. Second, is posting on facebook the most effective way to express your feelings and lay them at God’s feet on his throne? You must do that by praying. Instead of posting a meme, say a prayer instead, let God know you fully trust him and you leave this in his hands. I prayed the novena for the election, it didn’t turn out the way I wanted. Does that mean God ignored my prayers? No. He may not have answered the way I liked, but He has a plan in His infinite wisdom that is not for my human comprehension. And I MUST pray when I feel frustrated for peace of spirit to continue on in a world that turns its back on God. And lastly, on this point, posting on facebook is not action. Praying outside an abortion clinic or offering time at crisis pregnancy center is action. Volunteering at a soup kitchen is action. Posting on facebook is passive and no matter how inflamed your conscience is, it accomplishes nothing.
Finally: politics are temporary, faith is forever. Spend more time being with people and living your faith. Say the Divine Office. Pray the Rosary. Go to Mass. Let me repeat that last one: GO TO MASS. Be concerned with God’s economy which is infinitely bigger and more rewarding than man’s each and every day.
Enough with the pity parties. Enough with the anger. Enough. Enough ENOUGH!
Jesus said to his disciples:
“When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father,
the Spirit of truth that proceeds from the Father,
he will testify to me.
And you also testify,
because you have been with me from the beginning.
“I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now.
But when he comes, the Spirit of truth,
he will guide you to all truth.
He will not speak on his own,
but he will speak what he hears,
and will declare to you the things that are coming.
He will glorify me,
because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.
Everything that the Father has is mine;
for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine
and declare it to you.”
John 15:26-27; 16:12-15