Will we still be friends after the election?

Will we still be friends after the election?
Turning to Our Mother in prayer when making any decision is a good way to start. "Never will anyone who says the rosary every day be led astray." ~ St. Louis De Montfort

As the long presidential election finally comes to a close, I noticed that some people on Facebook are hoping the contentious posts subside.  I think it’s going to get worse.  The supporters of the candidate that lost will have sour grapes and conspiracy theories for the next four years.

One of the things I think about is, “Will we still be friends after the election?”  I’m beginning to wonder.

The accusations that anyone who votes for a certain candidate is a racist or deplorable (or any other of the names being thrown out there from both sides), feels like a knife in my heart being twisted over and over.

I realize that everyone’s FB page is their “lawn” and I can’t very well tell someone to get off their own lawn.  I have unfollowed a few for my own peace of mind and I don’t post political type stuff on my personal page (even though I was accused of doing that) because I know I’m not going to change anyone’s mind.  On my Being Catholic … Really Facebook page I just try to encourage everyone to vote and I post guidelines that are Catholic related.  It’s  your conscience and your soul.

I’m grateful to all those who still posted pics of their kids, grandkids, pets, beautiful vacation autumn scenes and silly videos.  The Cubs winning the World Series was so wonderful!  Everyone had a commonality that was hopeful and refreshing.  After months of name-calling and viciousness, we were celebrating and joyous!

My heart is already broken at what might come in the days that follow the election, not only for myself but for others.  I wonder about the families that literally “duked” it out on FB over the election about their opposing views.  I know that if I were to end friendship(s), my faith will be blamed for it and not the fact that the people I care about disrespected my beliefs.

Can we get passed this?  Can we agree to disagree?  Will we still be friends after the election?

I offer you this prayer from Ignatian Spirituality in case you are struggling with this, too:

Heavenly father, I am your humble servant,
I come before you today in need of hope.
I need hope for a calm and joyful future.
I need hope for love and kindness.
I pray for peace and safety.
Some say that the sky is at its
darkest just before the light.
I pray that this is true, for today seems stormy and dim.
I need your light, Lord, in every way.
I pray to be filled with your light.
Help me to walk in your light, and live
my life in faith and service.
In your name I pray, Amen.

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