Real leaders help the rest of us to transcend a moment, with light, rather than descend with it into the darkness
As Catholics, we know that, as the psalmist says, “It is better to put your trust in the Lord, than to trust in princes.” (Psalm 118:9)
We know that such trust can never be misplaced; we know the Lord is always faithful, and we know, as St. Philip Neri said, that “All of God’s purposes are to the good, and although we may not always understand this, we can trust in it.”
If we put our faith and our trust in the Lord, we can adapt to the long view of things; we can care about injustice, economic disparity, victims of violence but also remain detached from some of the tempting calls-to-action that too often descend into mere chaos for its own sakes.
At this moment, three days after an election that no one is actually disputing as improper or stolen, the people who put their faith in princes are having a hard time settling down, mostly because they are either full of fear, or because they don’t really trust in much at all.