MY children see it, understand it, and ask *why*...
Sometimes there are no easy answers but there's always something we can do. We are called to action but we turn to the word of God first. (Several of these inspired by my friend Hannah)
1. We Are Disappointed But Never Defeated...
Most importantly, as Catholic Christians we are never hopeless.
"Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are an Easter people and hallelujah is our song." ~JPII~
"For in hope we were saved. Now hope that sees for itself is not hope. For who hopes for what one sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait with endurance." ~Romans 8:24-25
2. Fear Not.
The pro-life issue isn't the only one that we took to the voting booths but regardless of the issues or whether we win or lose in the election, we never lose our faith. No one can take this away from us...Despite possible persecution for our beliefs, we shall not be afraid.
"Fear not, I am with you; be not dismayed; I am your God"~Isaiah 41:10
3. In God We Trust.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, on your own intelligence rely not; In all your ways be mindful of Him, and he will make straight your paths. ~Proverbs 3:5-6
4. Don't Worry, Be Happy.
"Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil."~Matthew 6:34
5. Always Be Thankful.
"Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! Your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near. Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests know to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.~Philippians 4:4-7
6. Let your light shine!
Be the best Catholic Christian you can be, living your faith by example, with humility.
"For we do not preach ourselves but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your slaves for the sake of Jesus. For God said, "Let light shine out of darkness," has shone in our hearts to bring to light the knowledge of the glory of God on the face of Jesus Christ."
7. With God, All Things Are Possible!
"Jesus looked at them and said, "For human beings this is impossible, but for God all things are possible."~Matthew 19:26
8. God Works All Things For Good.
"We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose."~Romans 8:28
9. This Is Not Our Home.
This time on earth is only our temporary home. We aren't perfect by any means but we do our best to keep our sights on heaven.
"I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed for us."~Romans 8:18
10. Be At Peace, In God Alone.
"Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light."
11. OK, we thought of 11 things.
+Love The Lord And Your Neighbor As Yourself+
We could hardly call ourselves Christian if we forget the second greatest *toughest* Commandment!
"Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest? He said to him, "You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself."~Matthew 22:36
And one last word...Praise God for the Sacraments that bring us His grace when we fail.
I am sharing a few other links that inspired me today:
From a Warrior Priest: Election Reflection for Warrior Catholics
Putting Our Faith Into Action By: Lena@Joyfilled Family
Reductio Ad Lady Parts
He Asked Me To Paint Him Something Beautiful
By: Melody@Blossoming Joy
Shining Lights By: Anne@Imprisoned In My Bones
And a little "music medicine", as my friend Jackie said...
Grace @Our Catholic Life has a great music video posted called God Is In Control. I shared it on my FB page:)