Today is the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States of America Donald Trump! If you are like me, you may have seen some of the feeds or even listened to some of the inauguration in the background while working. It is interesting to note all the pageantry and official proceedings, in many ways a liturgy of American politics.
In many aspects there may be much division politically as well as between our very lives. The United States has only increased in diversity making it ever more important to hear the voices of the minority. All the while as faithful citizens it is important to be supportive and positive with whoever our president may be. This means being engaged in the public conversation on policy and advocating for your needs and your neighbors needs. Refraining from 'ad hominem' arguments (meaning arguments against the person such as name calling).
I would like to congratulate President Trump and I am encouraged to see him represent all Americans, remembering even the voiceless and the poor. I wanted to include in this post the welcome that Pope Francis gave to President Trump to show that faithful citizenship is a Christian virtue. Many saints spoke of faithful citizenship but at this moment in my mind St. Josemaria Escriva sticks out in a particular way. As a paraphrase, the main difference between nationalism and faithful patriotism is that nationalism wishes one nation to succeed at the expense of all others where as faithful patriotism is the wish for the nation to succeed as a brother along with the other nations. The idea that we can rejoice in our accomplishments to the betterment of the common good for all. Let's pray and act so that we can live out the common good for all and be a voice of peace & positivity in the world!
Below after the break is the letter that Pope Francis wrote to President Trump. Feel free to comment your thoughts!
The Honorable Donald Trump
President of the United States of America
The White House
Upon your inauguration as the forty-fifth President of the United States of America, I offer you my cordial good wishes and the assurance of my prayers that Almighty God will grant you wisdom and strength in the exercise of your high office.
At a time when our human family is beset by grave humanitarian crises demanding farsighted and united political responses, I pray that your decisions will be guided by the rich spiritual and ethical values that have shaped the history of the American people and your nation’s commitment to the advancement of human dignity and freedom worldwide.
Under your leadership, may America’s stature continue to be measured above all by its concern for the poor, the outcast and those in need who, like Lazarus, stand before our door.
With these sentiments, I ask the Lord to grant you and your family, and all the beloved American people, his blessings of peace, concord and every material and spiritual prosperity.
Husband & father of four, graduate from Quincy University and currently a grad student at Franciscan University. Director of Faith Formation & Youth Ministry for All Saints Parish since 2011.