As President Joe Biden takes office, he is faced with many crises – a world-wide pandemic that has killed more than 400,000 Americans, a divided electorate with 45% of Republicans still believing that the election was stolen from Donald Trump, the rise of white supremacy groups, the recent terrorists’ attack on our democracy by those who stormed the primary symbol of our republic, the US Capitol, an economic system that favors the rich over the poor, racial inequality, healthcare that favors people with money, our planet deteriorating from global warming, etc. 

The 16th President, Abraham Lincoln, has some good advice for the 46th President: “I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.” 

The people want to deal with the truth!

We have been told so many lies that we have become desensitized to new possibilities. 

Coach Dale Brown once stated, “I think most politicians get into public service for the right reasons. Then greed and ego seem to take over, and we the people are forgotten. Our apathy has allowed this to happen, and we must demand a candidate who will lead and will listen to us.

“Today we have more depression, anxiety, crime, shattered relationships, and less happiness. What has happened to us, and what can we do to find the right way? Where did we lose sight of where we are going in life? How is it that a society that has enjoyed more prosperity and more luxury than all the generations before us has never found the one thing that we all are searching for – happiness? 

“Religious author, Emmet Fox, tells us why. ‘There is so much frustration in the world because we have relied on gods rather than GOD. We have worshiped the god of pleasure only to discover that thrills play out and sensations are short lived. We have bowed before the god of money only to learn that there are such things as love and friendship that money cannot buy. These transitory gods are not able to save or bring happiness to the human heart. Only GOD is able. It is faith in him that we must rediscover.’”

President Biden started his presidency by attending Mass with other national officials asking God’s guidance and power to reach deep within ourselves and to address any crisis that we may face. In his inaugural address, Biden asked the nation to pray with him for the 400,000 who died from the coronavirus, and their families who are grieving their loss. 

Blogger Michele Rosenthal said, “The power we discover inside ourselves as we survive a life-threatening experience can be utilized equally well outside of crisis, too. I am, in every moment, capable of mustering the strength to survive again – or of tapping that strength in other good, productive, healthy ways.”

If we believe we can make this a better country with God’s help, we need to reach down into the depth of our strength and to have the energy to start over. 

Martin Luther King, Jr. reminds us, “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” 

We have to think big!

Let us pray for the grace to bring unity and peace to our nation and to our world. 

Oh God, you made us in your own image and likeness and have redeemed us through Jesus, your Son. Look now with compassion on the entire human family in the United States, especially on those in our nation’s capital. Take away any arrogance and hatred that infect our hearts. Break down the walls that separate us and unite us in bonds of love. Work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne. In your name we pray. Amen.

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