by William Doino Jr.
First Things Magazine
As America’s troubles intensify, and anger and violence spread, it’s essential for people of good will, especially those who profess faith in Jesus Christ, not to be drawn into the vicious cycle.
Following the attempt on the life of Congressman Steve Scalise, and the tragic death of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, many eloquent statements were made, calling for peace and civility, and an end to racism and hate. But as important as these appeals are, in our current environment they will not, of themselves, bring about needed change. For as Archbishop Chaput said: “If we want a different kind of country in the future, we need to start today with a conversion in our own hearts, and an insistence on the same in others.” America’s ongoing crisis is primarily spiritual, not political.
In praying for the spiritual rebirth of our nation, we can also draw strength from the life of Mother Elizabeth Ann Seton. For she was a remarkable and gifted woman who lived in the United States during a time of national strife, yet overcame personal tragedies and discrimination to become the first American-born saint.