I’m still recovering from a pesky stomach bug and just can’t seem to string any coherent thoughts together after last night’s election results. What I will say is whether you’re happy with the results or not, Senator Obama is now our president and he deserves our respect and demands our prayers (as do all the unborn babies who need us now more than ever to fight on their behalf).
God help me to respond like a Catholic as Dale Price urges us to do at Inside Catholic today.
And help me to always hold onto “abiding hope” as Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, encourages when he writes:
“The vast majority of Americans are pro-life. They will fight abortion on the local level, opening pregnancy centers and closing abortion mills, activating their Churches and educating their children, proclaiming the message in the media and demonstrating in the streets. The pro-life movement is winning this battle in the hearts and minds of the American people, as opinion polls show and as the shrinking number of abortion mills and abortion providers prove.
Political races are always a swinging of the pendulum. As soon as you win, you begin to lose, and as soon as you lose, you begin the ascent again to winning. In the next two election cycles (2010 and 2012) the pro-life movement will make up for political ground lost in this one.
It is all right to be disappointed at the end of an election season, but one must never walk away. Amidst disappointment is abiding hope in America, where everything remains possible, and where a new chapter of the pro-life movement has just begun. The efforts that were made, and the sacrifices endured in this election season made a difference, and we will build on that difference to see another day when the work and the ballots of pro-life people will dismantle the Culture of Death. We will keep marching toward that pro-life America we seek, and won’t stop until we get there.”
Read the rest of A Grave Mistake and an Abiding Hope here.
Now I’ll let my wise, hard-working, generous, 100 percent Catholic dad say the rest with this excerpt from an email he sent to my brothers and me this morning:
“We can all breath and relax now. It’s over and we can get busy worrying about things other than politics. Am I disappointed? You bet. Am I hopeless? No way! We must keep the faith in this country and in God’s plan that this is His will. In time, we may all see more clearly and understand why this was best for all of us at this point in our lives.
We will survive and maybe this is really what the country has needed as a wake up call for a long time. The old song may be good insight into our security and freedoms. ‘Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.’ Whatever you do, stay active and be a voice for more freedom and less government and push our representatives for same.
Remember what Billy Joel said: ‘The good old days weren’t always good and tomorrow ain’t as bad as it seems.’ Stay informed. Stay involved. Stay strong in your faith. All will be well.”