Heartbroken but still hopeful

It’s been a week since election day and I still haven’t quite grasped the fact that the result is what it is. But it is, and so I pray for guidance for all pro-life advocates as we move forward to make the best of the circumstances before us. I am embracing the view of many others, i.e., that we need to pray for the conversion of the man who will soon be our country’s President, as well as for all others in political life who don’t yet agree that the sanctity of human life must be protected as the highest priority (especially those who identify themselves as Catholics).

Here are excerpts from the Nov. 10th commentary by Steve Jalsevac, Managing Director of LifeSiteNews:

“U.S. Election Message to Catholic Bishops:
Time to Clean House”

“The impassioned teaching to the faithful by many US Catholic bishops during the US election was something not seen for many years, and, for millions, not ever in their lifetimes. It was wonderful to behold; but, as we mentioned a few times, it was late, very late. Despite the many statements from bishops exhorting their flocks to vote pro-life, Americans who identify themselves as Catholic voted 54% for the pro-abortion extremist Barack Obama. Why? It’s not difficult to figure out. …

When many bishops (still only some 100 out of 300) suddenly began to courageously teach the undiluted truth, apparently no longer afraid of criticism, not nearly enough Catholics were disposed to properly respond. Most current Catholics have been raised in a negligent, divided and often rebellious US Church. The strong teaching especially fell deaf on the ears of those who don’t regularly attend church – now a majority of Catholics. They have for too many years been deprived of the continuous formation that would have allowed them to respond to the bishops’ exhortations to put things in an eternal perspective. …

What does this mean for non-Catholics? Well, had Catholics voted as Catholics, Barack Obama would not have been elected. More than that, many more principled candidates would have received support to run and would have been elected, Catholic or not. Their religious denomination would not have made much difference, as long as they adhered to core Judeo-Christian principles.

As Rabbi Yehuda Levin has repeatedly indicated, if Catholics got their act together, America would be much better off morally and culturally. As well, people of all traditional faiths, such as Orthodox Jews, would be more protected from persecution. …

Now for the good news. There is significant hope for the US Church in that there are still enough good bishops, priests and faithful laity to make renewal and rebuilding a feasible goal. Hope is never lost for true Christians. In fact it is integral to the faith. A hopeless Christian is an oxymoron.

Furthermore, the current situation is exactly the type of situation that has generated great renewals of faith and heroism in the past. The wheat will be separated from the chaff. Those amazing statements from bishops prior to the election are a precursor to much more heroic shepherding to come. Finally, the bishops are awakening. Christian leaders of other denominations disposed to fidelity to their spiritual roots will do likewise.

This is not a time for pointing fingers and for anger. It is rather a time for repentance and for renewing our commitment to promoting the culture of life. The culture of death reigns because of the persistent failings of Christians and their natural allies. Now we must accept our responsibility and work with God to restore what we have rejected. He will provide all the help needed.”

For the full commentary article, go to http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/nov/08111012.html.


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