I’ve sung “Christ, be our Light” at 2 masses this week — first on Sunday and again in celebration of the Immaculate Conception. And it occurred to me as I flipped open my hymnal on Tuesday morning that this song choice was relevant because of the Advent season, but also because of the state of utter chaos our world has found itself in these past few weeks.
Working in politics, I’m constantly inundated by all news pertaining to global affairs. I’m a little ashamed to admit that I’m normally unmoved by most of what I read and hear. Recently, however, I have been affected.
It doesn’t take a foreign policy genius to figure out that we live on a planet in total disarray. People are in turmoil both here at home and overseas for a plethora of reasons, and many Americans have responded by rallying around certain controversial political candidates out of desperation for coherent leadership — that, I believe, is obvious.
But what really had my stomach churning was The New York Daily News’ front cover this past week, which had “GOD ISN’T FIXING THIS” painted across the front in bold, black lettering. The headline referenced the San Bernardino shootings and intended to criticize conservative politicians for turning to prayer in times of distress.
This is the direction we’ve long been headed in our country — a direction that classifies us as a society which no longer acknowledges the active participation of a Higher Being. Finally, it’s been said out loud: prayer doesn’t work.
To me, this is a mark of how far we’ve fallen.
Listening to Fr. Mike Schmitz’s podcast on Monday evening, I learned that in 1984, Pope John Paul II consecrated the entire world, with special mention of Russia, to the Heart of Mary per the request of the children of Fatima. Two months later, a series of convenient, unprompted events began to unfold which led to the eventual fall of the Soviet Union.
Prayer has always been and will forever be our greatest weapon as a Christian people.
When confronted with a force that targets us directly as Westernized Christians, what do we do?
We cannot disarm ourselves by abandoning all attempts at prayer or thinking its someone else’s job to do it.
Let us pick up our rosaries. Let us head to mass.
Let us quietly lead this world into a peaceful state by calling upon the intercession of our Higher Being.
And for the sake of our modern world, let us pray.