When I look at the state of the world today, I often wonder "What the heck is going on here?"
In regards to the recent debates about gun laws and marriage and health care etc., I can't help but feel like we as Americans think we know what's best. In addition, our government thinks it knows what's best for us. But what happens when the two disagree? A government SHOULD try to discern and take steps that are in the direction which is best for its people... but what if its people demand things that are actually contrary to what is best for them? Is the best approach to "give the people what they want" and let them see how it will blow up in their faces ten, twenty, fifty years down the road? The other option seems to be to make decisions which the people disagree with, risk a civil war or something ridiculous of the like, and hope for the best? Both situations leave something to be desired.
Basically, I suppose the question is: How do you govern a nation full of sinners?
One of the consequences of the fall of man (in the garden of Eden) is that we try to make ourselves like God... and then we try to tell ourselves we made the right decision in trying to make ourselves like God. It's all very confusing. I think that none of us know what is best for us... and those who might have a better understanding of what's best for us are sorely outnumbered.
The solution? Inviting souls to know Jesus: the Man who does know what's best for us, who gave His life on a Cross fighting for our salvation. Communication with the Blessed Trinity. Prayer and sacrifice. Honesty, humility. patience.
St. Rita, patroness of impossible causes, pray for us.