I predicted on this program last week that a day after the election we would still not know for certain who won the presidency. To put this in perspective, whatever the eventual outcome, I want to read to you what I posted on my old blog back in 2012 after Obama got reelected:
“Put not your trust in princes: in the children of men, in whom there is no salvation. (Psalm 145.2b-3, DRV) Many Catholics – about 48% – are frustrated with the outcome of the 2012 presidential election. Many of them fear that this is the end of American life as we once knew it. But, even if they are right, this is not a cause for despair…
Jesus promised “the gates of hell shall not prevail” against His Church (Matthew 16.18) and that He will be with us “all days, even to the end of the world” (Matthew 28.20b). Our American founding fathers were given no such Divine promise regarding our country. Fifty or one hundred years from now there may well be no United States of America – at least not one we would recognize. But there will be a Catholic Church. In 2010, Francis Cardinal George of Chicago predicted:
“I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square. His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the Church has done so often in human history.”
We have the promise of Christ that the gates of hell shall not prevail against His Church. This promise was not made to America, or democracy, or “family values,” but the Catholic Church. Because it is the Church that communicates the saving grace of Christ to our fallen world.
And the Catholic Church has outlived every evil empire and endured every persecution devised by wicked men and fallen angels for two millennia. It is a well-known fact of history that the Church grows stronger when she is persecuted; even when she is reduced to a remnant. The Word of God tells us not to put our trust in human leaders. Politics will not save the world. Only Jesus can do that; and He does it through His body the Church, throughout the ages, until He comes again in glory.”
So, dear friend, let us and good Catholics everywhere focus our prayers and energies on the restoration of the Church and not place our faith in political or material solutions. Come what may, let us work for the restoration of the Catholic Church in the same way we await Christ’s return—not in fear, or despair, but in joyful hope. And that’s no nonsense.
1) Prayer to the Saints & Purgatory
2) Lessons from the Tower of Babel
3, 4) Restoration of the Church & Christ the King