The world is in constant transformation, powered by radical technological progress, and consequently by globalization. While everything is not perfect, these dramatic changes in people’s lives means great opportunities. From where we sit, we can reach almost everyone and everything. In that sense, Catholics have favorable circumstances that have never existed before. This is the time to think big. We need brave Catholic politicians, those capable of unlocking the two great doors to the future: Prayer and Faith. We will never win this race if we are lazy in our Prayers and hesitant in our Faith.
“Truly, I tell you, if you have Faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’, and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17,20)
Faith, Fellowship, Formation – this is what the ICLN is all about. Our mission is to give every Catholic in the world of politics the power to share the Christian principles with others and make the world more open to God’s Word and works. And first of all, to connect with other similar minds. We have to be focused and determined. More perseverance, more ability to deploy resources, more devotion to improve society. All this could come from our Catholic communion. The corresponding term in Greek is koinonia, which is often translated as fellowship. Koinonia includes a firm commitment to an inner goodness toward virtue, and an outer goodness toward social relationships. In the context of outer goodness, the meaning of koinonia holds the idea of joint participation in something, such as in a community, or an alliance or joint venture. Koinonia creates a brethren bonds which build trust: emphasis should be on collegiality, on collaboration. We, together, are the inheritors of the Holy Spirit. Just as we pay respect to the Saints and Martyrs of the earlier centuries, so will the decree on our time be written by those who still have to be born. Let them write that we did our part.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
We have to have a better understanding of our present strengths and weaknesses and to create opportunities for politicians to recognize and use their gifts. We need politicians who lead from the heart as well as the mind, who can act ethically, who understand that the primary function of a leader is to serve. Politicians cannot be satisfied with just defensive positions, we can make a difference if only we have boldness to be a sign of contradiction, a sign to be spoken against. An indication which might be, as Pope Saint John Paul II wrote, “a distinctive definition of Christ and of his Church.”