The best thing I can give to others is to liberate myself from the common delusions and be, for myself and them, free.  Then grace can work in and through me for everyone.

What impresses me most … is … living for others: dissolution of the self in “belonging to everyone” and regarding everyone’s suffering as one’s own.

What really intrigues me is … starting … something unknown, demanding …hoping only to do what God asks of me, whatever it may be.

Thomas Merton, from his personal journals (June-July 1968)

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In these journal entries one sees self-giving – the dissolution of self in favor of others in concert with the will of God.  Yes, this is the exact opposite of willfulness so common, and so completely destructive, in secular America today.

Dear Friends, what Merton identifies is healthy and honorable existence, a full life, a contented life – a life full of content.

This one proposition alone, that is – living for others and in compliance with God’s will, makes the essential case as to why living faith in secular culture is indispensable to the welfare of each person and the nation as a whole.

In the Hillary Clinton email story (“How Clinton’s Email Scandal Took Root,” The Washington Post, March 28, 2016) we see precisely the opposite of Merton’s wisdom.

In The Post story we see how godlessness destroys America and how secularism’s hostility to faith in culture and the public square levies a heavy and dangerous cost on our freedom and very existence.

Indeed, despite the history of Russian listening devises previously discovered in sensitive locations within the State Department, cyber-attacks and intrusions into State Department computers, Ms. Clinton was nothing if not willful, that is destructively obstinate, in her insistence on using her unsecured personal BlackBerry (as The Post reported) “for virtually all of her government communication” – some of which included highly classified national security material.

According to The Post, Ms. Clinton “would never have a government BlackBerry, personal computer or email account” in her years as Secretary of State. (Emphasis added.)

This was her protracted willful behavior despite clear warnings as to how easily her “BlackBerry could be compromised and used for eavesdropping.”

According to The Post she was, for example, aware of an important memo that warned: “Any unclassified Blackberry is highly vulnerable in any setting to remotely and covertly monitoring of conversations, retrieving e-mails and exploiting calendars” and she was also aware, as to The Post article, that the State Department had “intelligence concerning this vulnerability during her (recent) trip to Asia.”  Yet, as The Post reported, “Clinton kept using her private BlackBerry – and (her personal, home) basement server.”

If there is anything we are entitled to demand from public servants it is this: that they put aside their interests in favor of ours and that above all that they do not put us and our children and loved ones or the nation at risk.

The Clinton email story ought to make it very clear that faith must guide us and remain the center of this nation’s life – and that Ms. Clinton has made herself unworthy of our trust.


Note – This is the last in a series of three posts that have examined Ms. Clinton’s use of an unauthorized email devise and server as reported on by The Washington Post.