On inauguration day, ways to become more unified

As Christians, we are called to build unity. At the Last Supper, Jesus prayed that we all would be one (see Jn 17:21). “Jesus prays that we will all become part of a great family in which God is our Father, in which all of us are brothers and sisters.” One way to build unity is to talk and listen to one another to find common ground where we can work together while holding fast to our Catholic beliefs and values.

What can we do?

Take a few moments to sit in silence each day. Pray that God will guide our leaders and help them to unite our country. Pray also for yourself and for the people around you.

Don’t speculate
History shows that many campaign promises never come to fruition. Some may see that as good news, and others may find this troubling. In any case, it is useless to speculate on what will happen in the future. God only gives you the grace you need for what is happening in the present moment.

Don’t believe everything you hear
A lot of what you hear in the media are opinions that have no basis in fact. In a meeting with journalists earlier this year, Pope Francis recognized that because there is an uninterrupted flow of information and observations being broadcast 24 hours a day, “it is not always easy to arrive at the truth, or at least come close to it.”

Trust Christ
Don’t make the mistake of putting your trust in other people. When we put our trust in Jesus we are never disappointed because he is always there for us.

Reach out to others
One of the best ways to stop focusing on our own concerns is to reach out to people in need. The Catholic Church has always maintained a preferential option for the poor, the weak, the sick, and the marginalized members of our society. Now is a good time to do something for someone else.

Promote Peace
Now more than ever, we must be people of peace. We must be kind. We must be merciful. We must show in everything we say and do that we are followers of Jesus Christ who offers us a peace that the world cannot give (see Jn 14:27). “Let us always build peace!”

Excerpted from “Love One Another: Finding Peace in a Divided Nation” (Our Sunday Visitor). Follow us on Twitter @OSV.