Resetting Your Relationship with Politics This Lent

Millennial writer Mike Jordan Laskey has a new article at NCR. He writes:

I’ve spent a lot of time talking about, listening to, and maybe even cursing at presidential candidates this year. I’ve spent precisely zero time praying for them. I can’t imagine the stress and scrutiny they face every day; they’re certainly in need of prayer. Maybe before I read an article about a particular candidate, I can take 10 seconds to pray for him or her. And perhaps that practice will help me grow more charitable toward all the candidates, including those I really can’t stand. The negativity in politics begins with me….

This refocusing could lead us to some politics-related almsgiving, too. Myopic attention to the national race can distract us from the fact that so much of politics is local. Often, the best efforts to work for the common good take place in individual cities and towns. What community organization near you is practicing politics in the best sense of the word? Maybe it’s a social action group fighting for a living wage for all workers, or a Catholic Charities agency that is welcoming and resettling refugees in your area. Consider choosing one that interests you and contribute some money or time before Easter.

This year’s Super Tuesday is March 1 — about halfway through Lent. It’s a great opportunity to pause and see if election season is helping or hindering our journey toward Easter.

You can read the full article here.