Some years ago, I discovered the writings of Cardinal Francois-Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan. He gave a retreat to Pope John Paul II and his staff. The Pope was very moved by his presentations and told him to write them down to share with people. They were published as a book called Testimony To Hope. It’s a great book that testifies to the power of faith in hard times. The Cardinal spent 13 years in a communist concentration camp and nine of those were in solitary confinement. He learned to share and reflect the love of Christ and greatly impacted the people around him. He’s a great example of the saying, “Bloom where you are planted”.
I found his website and didn’t realize he had served on the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. While in Italy he gave a presentation on 8 Beatitudes for politicians.
Here they are:
- Blessed the politician who well understands his role in the world.
- Blessed the politician who personally exemplifies credibility.
- Blessed the politician who works for the common good and not for his own interests.
- Blessed the politician who is true to himself, his faith and his electoral promises.
- Blessed the politician who works for unity and makes Jesus the fulcrum of its defence.
- Blessed the politician who works for radical change, refusing to call good that which is evil and using the Gospel as a guide.
- Blessed the politician who listens to the people before, during and after the elections, and who listens to God in prayers.
- Blessed the politician who has no fear of the truth or the mass media, because at the time of judgment he will answer only to God, not the media.