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Friday, August 24, 2012

A Man Without Guile: A Patron for Politicians

Today is the feast of St. Nathaniel also known as Bartholomew for "son of Tolomai." I love Jesus' description of Nathaniel, a real Israelite, a man "without guile." You know all that talk about openness and transparency from politicians who are neither open nor transparent? Well, Nathaniel is their foil. They are filled with "guile," i.e., insidious cunning in attaining a goal, slyness shown in a crafty way, artful deception, duplicity. (Synonyms for guile are wile, deceit, ruse, craftiness, trick, deception.) Sounds like a quality that belongs to the Father of lies, eh?

Nathaniel, on the other hand, is honest, open, transparent. Basically, what you see is who he is. Wouldn't it be a wonderful world if all of us were more like that "true Israelite, Nathaniel, especially politicians? And wouldn't he be a great model for a politician trying to live according to God's laws?

St. Nathaniel, on your feast day, please pray for our candidates in the upcoming elections that they might aspire to honesty. Please intercede for our voters that they might be enlightedned and see the truth about those running for public office. And please intercede for our poor country.

St. Nathaniel, pray for us.

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