Make America Great Again! A reflection on the Election and the 33rd Sunday of OT.

Make America Great Again! A reflection on the Election and the 33rd Sunday of OT.

Thank you to The Holy Spirit, Archbishop Jose Gomez, Stephen Colbert, and all those that said you are afraid for our country both before the election and after for the inspiration to write this. It isn’t great but…

Last night I stayed up until about 2 am before I just couldn’t fight going to sleep.  The night started off as a slight interest in how much Trump would lose by and turned into a roller coaster of Trump is going to win.  In the end, I just gave up on trying to watch.  You see I know one thing the entire time…no matter who won, Jesus Christ is still King!

What an interesting road we have been on since the beginning of the year and now we start the new journey of our 45th President.  One that half the country didn’t vote for.  The election was filled with fear, terror, rumors, and allegations from both sides.  We know that over half of each party is in true fear of the other party.  Think about that for a second.  To be truly afraid of a fellow American because of their beliefs.  Someone that you go to school with, work with, or even go to Church with.

Jesus speaks about fear in this week’s gospels.  He tells us that when we hear of wars and tumults, when we hear of nation raising against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, not to be terrified because he will be with us in the end.  You see one of the things that we know from both history, what God & Jesus has told us, and what Archbishop Jose Gomez of Houston reminded us on is that “politicians come and go; nations rise and fall; empires fade away – what remains and what continues is the Church that Jesus established on the rock of St. Peter.”

No matter who won last night, we are called to follow Jesus Christ as children of God and missionary disciples.  To be faithful to Christ and to build God’s Kingdom here on earth.

 

Why is it that we should look to God on how to build our society?  Just like with any creation it takes on the aspects of the person that built it.  If I was to sit here and attempt to make a sculpture it would turn out horrible, because I am a flawed artist.  No instead you should look to a great artist with much less flaws then me to make a sculpture.  It is the same with society…we can look to these flaw rulers to make our society but in the end, we will still have a flawed society.  With our flawed rulers, we start forgetting who the human person is.  We listen to the flawed ruler rather than God and we start seeing others as not our brothers and sisters in Christ but we label them Democrat, Republican, Muslim, illegal immigrant, and pit ourselves against one another.  With our flawed rulers, we marginalize those that are different.  We make enemies of those that disagree with us.  But, we may find rulers that have the least number of flaws and they led us towards a better society, that does less horrible things, but in the end they are still not perfect rulers and cannot make a perfect society. In the end we should look to that perfect ruler, Jesus Christ, to build our society.

Instead if we want to make America Great again, we need young men and women like yourselves who are committed to serving God and living their faith in every aspect of their lives.  We need youth like 15-year-old, St. Jose Sanchez del Rio who till his dying breath shouted “Viva Christo Rey” during the Mexican Revolution and inspired others not to hide their faith but proudly declare their love for Jesus. We need youth like 24-year-old, Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassatti who turned away from the things the world and his society said were important, money and power, to help the poor and feed the hungry all while lifting them up in prayer to God, till his death of polio.  Like 10 and 11-year-old Bl. Francisco, Jacinto, and Lucia who brought the message of Our Lady of Fatima to the world, helping to bring many to Jesus during the tumults of the First World War.

Our new President wants to Make America Great Again. However, it will never be great if we relay on his vision and those of other men. As Archbishop Gomez said, “Our country and our world will be renewed – not by politics, but by saints.” Saints who know that Jesus Christ is King. Saints who love their fellow man no matter what. Saints who want to bring about the Kingdom of God. “And that means you and that means me. If we want a greater America, we need to become, by the grace of God, greater saints.”

 

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An open letter to the Knights of Columbus

An open letter to the Knights of Columbus

I would like to request my withdrawal from the Knights of Columbus.   I am currently a member of Council ####.  My member number is #########.  You claim to wish to attract young new members but then do not provide any reason for them to attend.  I asked this of my council leadership before, “Why should I take time away from my wife and baby every two weeks to attend those meetings?”

The council claims to have over 150 members and yet outside of the officers only about 5 attend the meetings.  So, it isn’t for the fellowship.

During the meetings, there has been nothing but bickering and one up man ship displayed by the men there.  So, it isn’t to learn how to be charitable to my brothers.

When I have attended the meetings, I have seen nothing but discussions of bringing back Bingo, since Bingo was shut down due to poor money control policies, and how we have written another check to another charity.  Like many in my generation we care very little about writing checks.  I don’t need a fraternity to write a check, I can and do write them on my own.  So, it isn’t to learn true service to my community.

Outside of a prayer at the beginning of and end of the meetings, there is no talk of how better ourselves spiritually.  So, it isn’t to learn how to grow closer to God.

The last bastion of hope I had of being a Knight came from working on a Parish staff as the Director of Faith Formation.  I thought the Knights would relish the opportunity to partner with the parish to help bring about the Kingdom of God.  Instead the council had no intentions more than continuing business as normal and was hostile to any change the Parish Pastor suggested.  To the point of a campaign of misinformation against the pastor and multiple unfounded complaints sent to the Bishop.  So, it wasn’t to be the strong right arm of our Parish.

So again, I ask…” Why should I go to a meeting? Why should I remain a Knight?”

My generation wants to do true service for our community and for the Lord.  We want to become better men.  We want to be better disciples.  Never once have I gone to a Knights meeting that afterwards I felt a better man for attending.  Instead, I regretted taking time away from my pregnant wife, my family, my friends, and the Church.  The Supreme organization may have an amazing vision and does great things but somewhere along the way this Council has lost that vision and their way. I will look to do service and improve as a man through one of the local secular organizations, Rotary International.

Please consider this my resignation from this organization.