Editor's Note: This reflection is from Christine Alwan. You can follow her on Twitter @ChristineAlwan, and I should have published it on Friday, but I'm a bit slow...
An Open Letter to Donald Trump on the Day of His Election
Dear Mr. Trump,
First, I want to congratulate you on becoming the president of the United States.
This is an incredible honor. I would like to congratulate you on winning the seat of
the highest office in the land. I would like to congratulate you on becoming the
commander-in- chief of our armed forces and the representative of a nation that I
love so much.
Although I did not vote for you, I do not hate you. Yes, there are times when you
tried me with your Tweets or statements about women or minority groups, I cannot
and do not hate you. I love you, Donald Trump. You are my brother in Christ. I love
you because my faith demands it. I love you because Jesus loves you. I love you
because, as a person, Jesus lives in you.
Although we see differently on certain issues, know that you can count on my
prayers. Know that I will pray for you and your family. Becoming the president of
the United States is not small potatoes. I pray that this job will reaffirm for your faith
in Jesus Christ, wherever you may be on that journey – and truly, it is a journey for
all of us. I pray that your marriage will remain strong and rooted in love. I pray that
your children will feel your love, the love of Christ, and the love of this country
because, at the end of the day, regardless of their ages, they did not choose this
honor, which also comes with its own challenges.
I pray that your presidency will introduce you to new people and ideas that will
encourage you to think creatively and constructively about both the strengths and
the weaknesses of our country. I pray that your presidency will encourage you to
develop relationships with good people on both sides of the aisle and that these
bipartisan friendships will provide hope for our country. I pray that the Holy Spirit
will guide you in your conversations with others, so that you may speak with
wisdom, clarity, kindness, humility, and prudence.
I pray that your presidency will help you see that what makes our country great are
the people so often considered the least among us:
- The immigrants (documented or not) who are participating in a great act of
hope by moving to this country to provide a better life for themselves and
- The unborn, some of the most vulnerable among us, who provide hope for a
new future and continue to challenge all of us to be in awe of their
unconditional love, their neediness, their smallness, the way in which they
radically transform our lives with one little plus sign on a pregnancy test.
- Women who are striving – as single moms or single women or married moms
or married women without children or consecrated religious – to bring a
greater appreciation of the feminine genius to our culture. Women who
deserve to have their dignity upheld at all stages of their lives, who deserve
equal pay for equal work in their struggle to provide for their families.
- People of both Christian and non-Christian faiths, who continue to grow and
be guided by the Holy Spirit, who works in their lives as they practice a
fundamental right that built this nation: to practice their religion free from
fear or government intervention.
- The elderly, who have great wisdom and humility, who deserve honor,
respect, and the acknowledgement of their human dignity at this twilight
season of their lives.
- The unemployed, who are discouraged and struggling, but who still manage
to hold on to that sliver of hope that they will be able to provide for
themselves and their families, who are willing to brave rejection day after
day in the hopes of a future.
- The outsiders who think outside the box, who may not “fit” the mold of
traditional Americans, whatever that means for any one of us, who are the
“least among us,” who challenge us to see through differences and treat all
human beings with dignity and respect, regardless of our differences with
I pray that you will see how everyone – from the least among us to the greatest – is
included in the people that you will now govern. I pray that you will exercise
wisdom and prudence, patience and humility, justice and mercy as you lead our
nation. I pray that you continue cultivate the virtues you excel at, as well as the
virtues you struggle with, for a man is only as strong as his greatest weakness.
I pray that you are unafraid to ask for help or a second opinion when you need it. I
pray that you have humble confidence and a sense of peace when you are sure that a
course of action is the right and moral one.
And I pray that, above all, you remember that, at the end of your life, all of these
choices will be placed at the foot of Jesus. And I pray that, at this time, He will be
able to look at you in love – the love that motivates me to love you more fiercely and
intentionally – and that He will be able to say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
I pray that your career in public service is the means of your sanctification. Because
for all of us to be great, truly great, we must be the least. We must come to serve, not
to be served. And so, in advance, I thank you for your service to this country.
May God bless you and keep you. Know that I and my Catholic brothers and sisters
will be praying for you.
A Citizen of the Great United States of America