"Leadership confers both power and a responsibility to exercise that power in a compassionate and just manner.

   

 

 

 

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By Terry O'Toole
Chair, Diocesan Social Justice Committee
November 2016

 

 

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With the hot and heavy U.S. election in the air, this is a time to reflect on what we should expect from all leaders across the world. Leadership confers both power and a responsibility to exercise that power in a compassionate and just manner.

I offer two reflections.

Psalm 72 reminds us of that responsibility:
" O God, endow the king with your justice, the royal son with your righteousness. May s/he rule your people justly and defend the rights of the lowly. Let the mountains bring peace to the people, and the hills justice. He will defend the cause of the poor, deliver the children of the needy, and crush the oppressor. All the kings bow down to him, and all nations serve him. He delivers the needy who call on him, the afflicted with no one to help them. His mercy is upon the weak and the poor; he saves the life of the poor. He rescues them from oppression and strife, for this life is precious to him.... May his name endure forever."
 

And: "Moral leadership requires a vision of peace and justice for the entire human family. This vision goes beyond our own national borders to see the benefits of global peace and justice for ourselves and all people. Visionary leaders lift that vision up for all to see and then point the way forward to make that vision of peace a reality here and now. If we had authentic moral leaders, everyone would be inspired to join the great work at hand - the task of abolishing hunger, poverty, homelessness, the death penalty, war, and nuclear weapons." - John Dear, sj, Jesuit peace leader - fatherjohndear.org - "On Moral Leadership: The Need for Prophets for Peace and Justice in a Culture of War and Injustice"

May we find wisdom and strength in both.