On Political Engagement: “Give It Your Best”

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On Political Engagement: "Give It Your Best"

Merry Christ­mas, I say, since I stub­bornly hold that the Christ­mas sea­son begins on Decem­ber 25. Happy New Year as well, keep­ing in mind that each day begins a new year.

I’m grate­ful to read­ers, fel­low writ­ers, and DTG him­self for this spot on the blog.

To all, I com­mend these words from Pope Fran­cis, spo­ken to a group of laypeo­ple in 2015. The words are on my own blog’s home page as an epi­graph to that par­tic­u­lar project. Even if you and I don’t share a reli­gious faith, I sus­pect we have in com­mon a com­mit­ment to our nation’s polit­i­cal cul­ture. As Pope Fran­cis says, get to it.

Engag­ing in pol­i­tics is mar­tyr­dom: truly a martyr’s work, because one needs to go the whole day with the ideal of build­ing the com­mon good, always car­ry­ing the cross of many fail­ures and car­ry­ing the cross of many sins. It’s dif­fi­cult to do good in a soci­ety with­out get­ting your hands or your heart a lit­tle dirty…Don’t allow this to dis­cour­age you.

…You can’t watch from the bal­cony! Get involved! Give it your best. If the Lord calls you to this voca­tion, get to it, engage in politics.

Cheers and best wishes to all!

Ellen Kolb is a writer and pro-​life activist from New Hampshire.

Sup­port inde­pen­dent jour­nal­ism by hit­ting DaTip­Jar on Da Tech Guy blog. Thank you!

Merry Christmas, I say, since I stubbornly hold that the Christmas season begins on December 25. Happy New Year as well, keeping in mind that each day begins a new year.

I’m grateful to readers, fellow writers, and DTG himself for this spot on the blog.

To all, I commend these words from Pope Francis, spoken to a group of laypeople in 2015. The words are on my own blog’s home page as an epigraph to that particular project. Even if you and I don’t share a religious faith, I suspect we have in common a commitment to our nation’s political culture. As Pope Francis says, get to it.

Engaging in politics is martyrdom: truly a martyr’s work, because one needs to go the whole day with the ideal of building the common good, always carrying the cross of many failures and carrying the cross of many sins. It’s difficult to do good in a society without getting your hands or your heart a little dirty…Don’t allow this to discourage you. 

…You can’t watch from the balcony! Get involved! Give it your best. If the Lord calls you to this vocation, get to it, engage in politics. 

Cheers and best wishes to all!

Ellen Kolb is a writer and pro-life activist from New Hampshire.  

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