As someone who voted pro-life, that means for John McCain, I was disappointed by the outcome of the election. So, how to respond? The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said this in their congatulatory message:
"Our country is confronting many uncertainties. We pray that you will use the powers of your office to meet them with a special concern to defend the most vulnerable among us and heal the divisions in our country and our world. We stand ready to work with you in defense and support of the life and dignity of every human person."
I don't know if the President-elect will catch the subtle message to defend and support life, but we must pray for him, so let's pray for a miraculous change of heart. We must look for ways to work within the new regime. The epistle reading from today's Mass includes this appropriate advice:
"Prove yourselves innocent and straightforward, children of God beyond reproach in the midst of a twisted and depraved generation – among whom you shine like the stars in the sky while holding fast to the word of life." (Philippians 2:15-16)
My friend Oswald very eloquently sums up how Christians should respond to this election:
"What do we do then? What do Christians do in this predicament? We will do what we have always done: we will pray for the conversion of the nation and its very, very badly chosen leaders--and for our own continuing conversion... We will do so without bitterness or anger or resentment because the joy and peace of the Holy Spirit has been and is continually being poured into our hearts regardless of external circumstances, whether political or personal. We will smile because we have reason to smile: Jesus and only Jesus saves and He does so here and now regardless of the extremely bad and self-destructive choice made tonight by the nation's voters."