When visiting America in the early 1830’s, the French nobleman Alexis de Tocqueville was amazed at the frenzy induced by the election season:
A presidential election in the United States may be looked upon as a time of national crisis. As the election draws near, intrigues intensify, and agitation increases and spreads. The citizens divide into several camps, each behind its candidate. A fever grips the entire nation. The election becomes the daily grist of the public papers, the subject of private conversations, the aim of all activity, the object of all thought, the sole interest of the moment.
Today, the frenzy is, if anything, even more intense. One can easily forget St. Paul’s reminder that “here we have no lasting city…” (Hb: 13: 14). For a refreshing moment of peace and prayer enjoy this Catholic Nature Video. As Saint Teresa of Calcutta said, “God is the friend of silence. Trees, flowers, and grass grow in silence. See the stars, moon, and sun, how they move in silence.”