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Facing Fears in Uncharted Waters; A Call to Action

Facing Fears As we head into uncharted waters with President-Elect Trump, many people fear for their safety and livelihood. These fears are not as “unfounded,” as President-Elect Trump’s son, Donald Jr., would like us to believe, based upon an interview with Leslie Stahl of 60 minutes. These fears are real. Whether you are a person of color, a person of the Islamic faith, a family member of illegal immigrants, a woman, a family in need of health care coverage through the Exchange, or a disabled person, people may be negatively impacted by his statements/proposals, if they come to fruition.

  • President-Elect Trump’s position on gun control, as well as his racially divisive statements, negatively impact people of color.
  • Mr. Trump’s divisive statements regarding those who practice the Islamic faith, have Muslims fearing for their lives.
  • His stance on immigration, as well as his racially divisive statements against Hispanics, negatively impact the Latino community.
  • His misogynist statements demean women.
  • Lastly, his stance on repealing and replacing health care leaves many people who rely on this law, feeling uneasy and insecure.

So, Donald Trump Jr. thinks that these fears are unfounded. How can he seriously believe such a thing, if his father lives up to his commitment to carry through on the proposals and viewpoints expressed during the campaign? Maybe Donald Jr. knows something the rest of America does not know. If President-Elect Trump’s statements made on the campaign trail were overblown, just to get elected, then where is he really taking us? Therein lies the crux of the fear. Which Donald Trump will we inaugurate as our 45th president? He recently stated on the news that we are not to take him “literally.” If we cannot trust that what he says is what he will do, then how can we trust him at all?

We do not know how his actions will impact the global stage and how our allies will react. Yet, we received a snippet this past week with President-Elect Trump taking a phone call from the leader of Taiwan. Such action apparently goes against American protocol where no president over the past few decades has ever spoken directly to the person holding this office in Taiwan, as it goes against the “one China” perspective. The leaders of China did not appreciate this phone call; however, they apparently were willing to chalk it up to Donald Trump’s naiveté. With this recent instance, President-Elect Trump is either naïve, or calculating; either response chills me, causing me to wonder where this all leads in the next few years on the global stage.

Uncertainty breeds fear; a level of uncertainty unprecedented in recent elections. At least when we elected past Presidents, we knew the road we would tread, whether we liked it or not; predictable and stable. Today, we collectively walk an uncertain path.

“No, Donald Trump Jr., these fears are not unfounded!” These fears are unprecedented. Never have we had such a reaction at the conclusion of an election of a President with protests in the streets. I have lived for six decades, never witnessing demonstrations in the streets denouncing the winner of the presidential election, until now. These fears are real, and fear comes from the devil, who has been extremely busy this past year pitting us against each other; disrupting the peace!

Facing Fears – What We Can Do

I ask all of my followers to please do the following:

  1. Pray for increased trust and faith in God, who is always by our sides.
  2. Pray for re-unification within our families, remembering the love that we share for each other.
  3. Ask God to grace you with respect for the opinions of others with whom you disagree within your communities.
  4. As Patroness of the United States of America, ask the Blessed Mother for her prayers for our nation.
  5. Pray that our allies have patience with us as we figure this all out.

May Our Lord intervene and guide President-Elect Trump to make the right choices for the common good. May God grant us all Christ’s Peace.

This post also appears on Association of Catholic Women Bloggers, and Top Catholic Blogs

 

7 Responses to Facing Fears in Uncharted Waters; A Call to Action

  • The first thing you have to do is not believe the campaign lie. The lie has grown into operatic proportions strictly for political campaign reasons, but is now being manipulated in order to shake the people’s confidence in the election and the person elected. This is dangerous, and is tantamount to treason. It’s what the left does. The Alinsky methodology. Everything centers on whether the person the left is running against or trying to discredit is a misogynistic, or a xeno-Islamo-homophobe, a racist, a bigot, or a gun toting nut. They never debate policies or facts. Everything turns into a personal attack. How many times on the news did you hear an individual called a racist or what they said was a racist remark if they disagreed with Obama? The answer is: Most of the time. Did anyone melt down then? No.

    Whatever Mr. Trump has said was targeted at individuals who were not very nice people, who called him names, and he fought back. He didn’t target an entire group of people. I won’t get into his comments on the tape with Billy Bush, but all I can say is he was behaving like an overgrown Frat Boy and shouldn’t be taken seriously. He was showing off. I’ve heard many men talk like that and never thought once that they would go out and assault women. How many of us have said things we regret, said inappropriate things? All of us.

    The lie is dangerous because it divides us so we can’t work together. It destroys the very notion this country was founded upon: E Pluribus Unum (Out of many One). I figured out early on that Mr. Trump was a scrapper. It was part of his appeal for the many who have been belittled because they’re deeply religious, or they own a gun, or they’re tired of the constant accusations of racism because they want a border enforced. I didn’t see anyone melting down over the fact that Obama said we “cling to our guns and religion.” Nor have I seen people take to the streets over the vile things said about Catholics in the Democratic Party emails revealed by Wikileaks.

    Mr. Trump wouldn’t put up with the tactics of the left. Too many of us who have been called horrible names, belittled, looked down on by the atheistic left, we all felt we found someone who would fight for us. To become emotionally charged over stupid remarks is foolish. I’ve never hated or melted down into an emotional cripple over the nasty things people have said about me, or when I was dismissed as a superstitious fool, ignorant, and been excluded because I’m a person of faith. It didn’t go out and burn cars or march or want a safe space because Obama was elected twice. Once you take that road, you will always find it difficult to come back. We have to realize that there are people out there who hate for no reason, who elevate themselves by putting down others, and Mr. Trump is not one of those people. Let’s not participate in that by categorizing our President-Elect as someone we hate because we believed in the lie.

    • Cheri: Thanks you for your very articulate, counter perspective to my post. Let’s all hope and pray that you are right – that there is nothing to fear. Time will tell. – Wishing you Christ’s Peace this Christmas – Virginia

    • blessing great post thought provoking. Yes, I do agree with Cheri Vause. Very will said Cheri and say Amen to that. blessings Virginia great blog. I feel there are no fears to be needed I rely on God and when any new person gets in the seat of politics there are changes and such. I think he “Trump” will make some very good ones. 1. defund planned parenthood. 2. pro-life justices in the supreme court. blessings donna maria good to be here … Merry Christmas

  • We pray for stability in the world; that those who have more may be willing to share with those who don’t. For this we Pray…Lord hear us.

  • Our fears regarding Trump actions are relevant, but what the Lord is saying when coming in trusting HIM!
    He said’ be not afraid ,you shall cross the barren desert but you shall not die of thirst;
    you shall wander for in safety, though you do not know the way you shall see the face of God and live. Follow me I am walking in your front.

    Since we live in an age of pride when great number of haughty scholars ,with proud and critical minds, find fault even with long-established and sound devotions ,it is better to speak of slavery of Jesus in Mary ‘and to call oneself ‘slave of Jesus rather than ;slave of Mary.’We then had to avoid giving any pretext for doubt and criticism. Few Christians ,however enlightened ,understand the value of, merit, excellence and necessity of the Hail Mary. Our blessed Lady herself had to appear on several occasions to men of great holiness and insight ,such as St. Dominic,St. John Capistran and Blessed Alan de Rupe,to convince them of the richness of this prayer.
    We need to ask her intercession to ease our fears and trust God.

    Augustine
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