Tonight Facebook was astir with the news that President Trump’s Thursday night rally is being moved from the South Bend Airport to the Elkhart North Side Gym. (This image is from the Goshen News article with details about how you can get tickets is here.)
Now, normally I don’t post about politics. The truth is, I haven’t completely recovered from the Obama years; for the last four presidential elections my husband and I have made a pact not to cast a vote for either presidential nominee, since we would cancel each other out. (We would vote for the other offices.) This past election was no exception.
But I have to say, I am getting really tired of people hinting (or saying outright) that only vapid airhead with no moral compass could possibly have voted for _________. As if there isn’t room for prudential judgment on both sides here.
I’ll tell you another secret: I’ve decided that who sits in the White House doesn’t concern me nearly as much as who runs our schools and social and community services. Because these are people whose decisions impact the lives of my family every day.
Furthermore, if you don’t like who is sitting in the White House, there comes a point when whining about it on Facebook is worse than useless. If you want to make a change, DO something.
- Plant a tree.
- Volunteer at a food bank, pregnancy crisis center, or animal shelter.
- Run for city counsel or other public office. (Or help someone who is.)
- Join your kid’s PTO and volunteer at their next Teacher Appreciation Day.
- Organize a retreat in your parish.
- Offer a novena (Mary, Undoer of Knots is a good one) for the leaders of our country.
- Volunteer to help teach an ESL or citizenship course.
- Become a foster parent or Big Brother/Big Sister.
If you want to make a difference, roll up your sleeves and give it a little elbow grease. You’ll feel better about the state of our world in no time, I promise.
And please, PLEASE do not fill up the com box with diatribes about our President (yes, if you are an American he IS our president.) Just join me in praying for the man and those in other positions of authority and responsibility. Because he needs all the prayers he can get — and he would be the first to admit it.
Lord, we bring these upcoming elections to you. The airwaves are full of promises, and only you know the hearts of these candidates. To quote St. Joan, “Lord, if they are not in your grace, please put them there; if they are, please keep them there.” Give us courage and wisdom in the ballot box, and strength to make a difference where we are planted. In Jesus’ name, Amen.