Love Does Not Need to Be Blind
In part 1, I discussed the case of the Osage Indian murders thoughtfully retold in the book Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, as well as the difficulty of reconciling the love of country with the injustices committed by and against its citizens. The rise of nationalism surrounding the election of President Trump highlights a divide in our nation that has always been but appears to be ever more present in our lives. While nationalism demands a level of blind support of the nation despite its flaws, patriotism does not. Many of us have experienced people who define themselves as “true patriots”, those that stay focused on American exceptionalism and wear an armor of “love this country or get out”. However, one can deeply love their country and accept it has made mistakes, this is the real definition of true patriotism.
Catholic Responsibility to Sacrifice for the Good
As Catholics we should never dismiss our ability to assist Heaven through prayer, fasting, and sacrifice, to heal the wounds in our life whether they our personal, professional, community, state, national or global. It is our responsibility to be the light of the world. The world is not limitless in resources, therefore it is important to take seriously the responsibility to respect the rifts and damages that have occurred in our nation’s history and work to understand and learn from them. This is not a one and done event. We know through the use of the liturgical calendar the importance of reminders of what God has given us and how we must remain steadfast in transforming our lives. The humility we apply to succumbing to the will of God is the same humility we should use in reconciling with our neighbors, even more so in a country of immigrants.
Exultation of the Meek
Harsh criticisms to get out of America if a person does not like it fail to consider that for millions of citizens the infrastructure of our country is from their ancestor’s slavery, of which we know very few of their names. Raising their voices in frustration at the exultation of Confederate soldiers in town squares while few monuments are erected for the forgotten slaves that physically built the cities and sustained the economy is not an act of hatred toward the nation or government, but instead a call of correction. We transformed plantations into wedding venues and galas. These were places where families were ripped apart and where freedom was a luxury of being born the right color. Something as simple as tracing your ancestry becomes a heartbreaking experience if you must search through advertisements of where your ancestors were sold. We should be diligent in respecting grievances.