“Do not be afraid. Open, I say open wide the doors for Christ. To his saving power open the boundaries of states, economic and political systems, the vast fields of culture, civilization and development. Do not be afraid. Christ knows “that which is in man”. He alone knows it” (St. John Paul II).
On Monday, as the Catholic Church honoured the missionary martyrs who washed Canada red with their blood in the seventeenth century, Canadians voted to wash the country red once more–the red of the Canadian Liberal political party. Tuesday’s blog article already thoroughly covered why the election results were so disappointing, so I won’t belabour the point except to confess that I was incredibly discouraged. That is, until Tuesday evening, when I participated in our monthly TOOL meeting, where I could discuss my sense of defeat and despair with friends, hear a timely meditation from our chaplain, and bring our country and our fears to the Lord. It’s amazing how a couple hours with godly friends will renew hope in one’s heart!
So yes, we here in the Great White North have elected a government whose ideologies are diametrically contrary to the faith, but in four years, hopefully Canadians will have had enough “real change” and vote to restore sanity. Maybe, even more hopefully, the prayers and witnesses of Christians will be catalysts of conversion in our new prime minister’s heart. But if the worst-case scenario does come to pass, and we lose the freedoms that we have for so long taken for granted, what then? Should we fear? Fear what? As a preacher I once heard used to say, “If they hurt us, God can heal us; if they kill us, we’ll be with God!” Or as St. John Paul the Great, whose feast day we celebrated yesterday, who himself survived Nazi and Communist occupation in his own country, and even an as assassination attempt, was wont to say, “Do not be afraid!”
St. John Paul the Great, pray for us!
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