Finally, after an uncommonly nasty and embarrassing election campaign, the day for voting has come here in the U.S. Nearly everyone I know will be relieved to have it over.
What surfaced was summed up in a comment by Pope Francis over the weekend, in a veiled reference to the U.S. election: Do not give in to the politics of fear, he said, by building walls but instead work to build bridges.
"Fear numbs us to the suffering of others. It makes us cruel."
The anger felt by many during this long, long election cycle has been fueled by the age-old fear of change (immigrants, e.g.). I hope that fear can be replaced, more and more, by trust as the candidate of continuity (Clinton) does her best to be a builder of bridges. It is a daunting task. I pray she is up to it.