Govern with Faith and Reason

Our pastor, Msgr. Bognanno, gave the homily at the interfaith Inaugural Service of Dedication, for our new Governor, who is a Catholic. My husband was in attendance and he thought it was excellent.


Great leadership requires great wisdom.  In the Hebrew Scriptures, Solomon is the icon of wisdom.. As a youth of 16, he asked God for wisdom, realizing, as Israel’s new king, the enormity of the task at hand. Wisdom combines two of God’s gifts, namely reason and faith. To address the challenges facing Israel, Solomon skillfully combined both reason and Faith.

The word reason, when applied to politics, is classically defined as the “art of the possible”.    That is, doing what is possible to solve a problem.  but there may be many solutions to a problem and our political leaders, seek the “best solution”.   However, it is the gift of faith that directs the reasoning process to that “best solution”.

Do read the homily here.

A picture, from the service, of Bishop Pates and Governor Branstad:


About Susan Kehoe

I am the wife of a Catholic deacon living in Des Moines Iowa. My husband Larry was ordained in 2006. We have two children and five grandchildren.. Our daughter and her family live in Ireland, and our son and his family live in Franklin Massachusetts.
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