From the hand of Fr. Aaron Ferris…August 7, 2016

Father Aaron FerrisI hope everyone was able to educate themselves about the candidates and to vote this past Tuesday. Our system of government, and the current expression of our system of government, is far from perfect. There are humans involved, after all. However, we still have one of the best governments on the face of the planet, and we have a privilege and a responsibility to continue to shape the government of this great nation.

It is easy to become cynical about government, government officials, the election, and various candidates. There is a great deal of evil done by those in power and in politics. That being said, government abuse of power and the evils perpetrated by politicians and bureaucrats have been common themes throughout all of human history. Of course there are good men and women who are actually trying to serve the best interests of their people, but it is common, maybe even the norm in many cases, that leaders, bureaucrats, and politicians give greater expression to their fallen human nature than to faithful, selfless service.

The question before us, as it is in almost every situation in life, is what are we going to do about it. To simply get angry and to devolve into cynicism and complaining does only one good thing: it lines the pockets of the pharmaceutical companies who will be selling you blood pressure medication. What are we going to do about the problems facing this nation?

Have we been praying for this country and for the politicians? Have we been fasting and offering up penances and mortifications to call down God’s mercy on this country? Have we been getting involved in debates and conversations to try and inform people and win their hearts for the truth? Have we engaged in any kind of political activism to champion the causes that are important to us? Are we educating ourselves to make sure that we are voting for the best candidate or policy available? Are we engaged with those in politics so that they know their constituents and can be held responsible? Are we . . . fill in the blank.

It is easy to write off all this with any number of excuses: there is too much money in politics; all politicians lie, and the system is corrupt; I do all these things already but it only gets worse; and the list goes on. If the direction our government is going matters to us, if the policies and actions of those in power are important to us, then what are we going to do about it?

Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron R. Ferris Ordination Date: June 6, 2009 Pastor, St. Anthony Parish (Saranac) and St. Mary’s Parish (Lowell) 402 Amity Street Lowell, MI 49331 Phone: 616-897-9820
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