I love St. John Paul the Great. Growing up, I knew him simply as Pope John Paul II. Canonized only a few years ago, I cherish the fact that this modern day saint was alive during my childhood. When he died, I remember it felt like I lost a beloved family member. I recalled one of his quotes, pictured above, on his feast day, which was on the 22nd. That quote has gotten me through hard times in the past.
While seeing other reminders of this saint all day on Friday, I thought I’d look for some inspiration from him. He’s got quite a few good quotes, but I kept coming back to this one: I plead with you – never, ever give up on hope, never doubt, never tire, and never become discouraged. Be not afraid.
With how discouraging the news is lately, it has really been hard to remain hopeful. Even though many businesses, schools, sport and recreational facilities are back up and running, the planet seems to be in a perpetual lockdown. Stores are open, but customers must still stay six feet apart. Schools are in session, but children must be masked up. Sports are in full swing on the weekends, but once fans leave the jam packed stadiums, it’s no touchy touchy of anything or anyone from Monday through Friday.
I understand the need to be cautious, mindful, and respectful of a virus that is present. But I will never support all that have been done regarding that virus, including a vaccine mandate for it. Many people are contemplating walking off their jobs, or have already done so, because of that illicit mandate. I applaud those who already have who have stood up and said no to it. I fully support those who’ve faced their fears head on and who’ve been able to walk away from the tyranny. The People are still under attack, though, and I have a feeling we haven’t seen all that The Machine thinks it can do.
The People here, and in other communities, have fought The Machine for years. In years past, they’ve gotten bad vaccine bills to be struck from dockets. They’ve stood their ground and made an impact. Their message – that if there is a risk, there must be a choice – has been heard on all sorts of platforms. Even so, The Machine is gaining ground and quickly, too. With one medical product, elected and selected government officials, along with pharmaceutical companies and big businesses, are doing everything they can to push that product. They will not be satisfied, it seems, until every single human being has received it. The disregard I’ve seen toward individual health and individual choice is unfathomable to me. I cannot remember a time in my life that I’ve witnessed anything as destructive as what’s occurred these last few months.
Instead of actually “crushing the virus”, those orchestrating COVID19 have successfully crushed American’s freedoms. As those freedoms were being stripped, a new level of contempt was created, especially toward the unmasked and the unvaccinated. Rather than quell that, more mandates were enacted. The more the government stayed involved, the more everyday people disagreed with what was fact and what was fiction. Pitting neighbor against neighbor, citizens eagerly looked to find fault in each other. Then, personal choice ceased to exist. Now, healthy, smart, talented, hard-working Americans, who are physically able to and who want to work, are being forced to make an awful decision – comply with a mandate, or lose their job. It is maddening what people are dealing with.
They are tired.
They are doubtful.
They are discouraged.
And they are afraid.
They are not alone in their plight, and many are rising up to fight. I know I’ve said it before, but I hate that some of this turns into a fight. But when The People find themselves painted into a corner, fighting back must be considered. Not everyone will be able to fight for their rights before the mandate deadlines, and that has me feeling a level of despair I have never felt before. When despair creeps in, I know I have to work harder. I know I must pray harder, and I know I absolutely need to lean on my faith like I’ve never had to before. If I don’t lean on that faith, I will crumble. To those in our community and beyond who will soon find themselves facing the impossible…
I plead with you – never, ever give up on hope, never doubt, never tire, and never become discouraged. Be not afraid.