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October 28, 2020

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I sobbed after Mass on Sunday. I don't know how to reconcile the faith we share with my fellow believers' support for Trump. I don't know how we move forward from here.

With clearer eyes. That’s something.

Do you know what has moved them from uncertain to all in? Is it his judicial appointments?

Some ways to hold it less tightly:

1. Consider where the support comes from. Is it a reasoned and wrestled with support, or is it more like I like this football team over another?
2. Understand that 85% of Americans are not deeply politically engaged.
3. They are also influenced by how they want to be seen and the Republican party has done a good job of lionizing their followers and castigating anyone else.
4. Diversity of opinion is a beautiful thing. In Christ, we are asked only to have a common spirit of emptying ourselves out to be filled by God. People have such diverse backgrounds and experiences to lead them to think the way they do.
5. Imagine the horror that others have for your political opinions and what they think that means. Grace here is helpful on both sides.
6. The Kingdom is here and is not yet complete.

I was canvassing in PA last weekend and was gobsmacked by a young Latino voter who was registered but not planning on voting. I think about what led him there.

Pray, hope, (canvass) and don't worry.

Hearing this from a fellow Catholic is the ray of hope I need right now.

I have been having the same thoughts and conversations. Even IF Biden wins (and that's a big if) and even IF the senate turns (an even BIGGER if), then we are still left with a country where almost half of the residents believe Trump was doing a good job. We are left with a country that is accustomed to science denial as a way of life for both climate change and this pandemic. We are left with a country that thinks pursuing power at all costs is the "right" way to do things, and that being openly rude and disrespectful to people with whom you disagree is acceptable. And what do we do about that?

GAH, I'm right there with you. I don't have any good answers. But I do have a good fall chili recipe that uses a bounty of green tomatoes, and I promised to share some recipes with you, so here's hoping you have green tomatoes of your own or a neighbor trying to get rid of some. (If not, you can use tomatillos.) https://www.holajalapeno.com/green-tomato-chili/

I also really love this German-style soup in winter. It sounds a little weird at first, but is so good! Last night I changed it up a bit and used riced cauliflower instead of ground beef (because I had a head of cauliflower starting to go bad) and threw in some bacon bits to make up for missing meat umami, and it still turned out wonderfully and the cauliflower provided exactly the right texture. (Also, my onions and peppers were fresh, and I used the very last of my season's RED tomatoes instead of canned!!)
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/252457/sweet-sour-beef-cabbage-soup/

May some hearty meals bring comfort to you!!

I'm hoping the divide will be less than it feels like now, even though I think it'll still be undeniable and a problem. Even when we're talking about approval of the president, there's going to be a spectrum of approval - which a simple approve/disapprove poll binary will flatten. Also, sometimes I think about the line in The Screwtape Letters where Screwtape complains (with the backdrop of World War II) that the English are the sort who loudly proclaim that torture is too good for their enemies, but then give tea and cigarettes to the first wounded German pilot who turns up at the back door. It's an exaggeration, but I think it gets at something true, and I'm not convinced that most twenty-first-century Americans are actually that different. I mean, I guess we'll see, but that's what I think and hope.

I just wrote a similar post.

As to what Andrea wrote ("5. Imagine the horror that others have for your political opinions and what they think that means. Grace here is helpful on both sides.")
Sigh... I understand their horror, but I have the hardest time extending grace to them.

I feel like I don't want to interact with them or talk to them because I feel they are ignoring some very basic values that I hold dear -- in the name of religion. It makes me want to turn away from religion if it means religious people find justifications to support this man. Sigh... It's so so hard.

And as an immigrant, it feels SOOOO personal. And I feel angry and mad at immigrants who support him. I am just way too upset.

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