March 4, 2016
My dear fellow pilgrims,
I greet you with a heavy heart. Our nation is facing a historical point of crisis in its political landscape, and it’s tempting to succumb to feel either feelings of powerlessness, panic, and worry or rage and anger. I feel a conviction this morning to speak of the state of our nation’s political leadership, and to portray it in light of our faith in the ultimate leadership and kingdom of Christ. As much as I have avoided politics in the past, I am more convicted than ever that I, we, must engage now with this election, and be the ones to face this ugliness with sobriety, faith, mercy, reason, and above all, hope in God’s perfect providence.
It’s no simple coincidence that Pope Francis proclaimed a year of mercy during the election year. When I was praying a Divine Mercy Chaplet this morning, it was equally comforting and empowering to pray and believe the words of our creed: “I believe in God…” My brothers and sisters, we believe in a God Who Is Mercy and Power. “Stay close,” was the word I heard while praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet. Stay close, my fellow pilgrims, to the side of Christ, stay close and follow the narrow way. When the voices of power and influence are excruciatingly loud, when we are overwhelmed with worry and fear, we must return to His side like a child, asking for a warm embrace.
As we continue this Lenten journey towards Easter, I encourage us all to pray for our nation, pray for the individuals who have power and influence over this world, and follow in the footsteps of our spiritual comrade, PGF, and not be afraid to step up to the political plate. It’s no mistake that we are called to as much action as we are to prayer, and Pier Giorgio practiced both of these sides better than many. Political activism characterized much of his life and apostolate in a time when Mussolini (the original fascist, authoritarian nationalist leader) was appointed as Italy’s prime minister.
And with that, I will say that, as always, the choice for who to vote for in this election is troubling, but absolutely necessary to engage with. I encourage the Frassati society to be a place where we can discuss this decision under the overwhelming banner of Christian camaraderie, in the spirit of our outspokenly political forerunner, Pier Giorgio.
I will close with a prayer:
Christ the King,
as we approach the daunting task of voting for a future leader of our nation,
I ask that Your wisdom would reign in our minds,
and your peace would reign in our hearts.
May we be charitable to those who disagree with our views,
and listen to all who disagree with us,
with the goal of acting with our nation’s and the world’s best future in mind.
May we learn to see our supposed enemies as of equal ultimate worth,
never forgetting how we are all subject to the same original sin,
but more so, that we are all in need of the same redemption:
Your suffering, death, and resurrection.