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Monday, August 7, 2017

August 6, 2017: Del Rio News-Herald * Letter to the Editor * A political epiphany

Letter to the Editor, 

A Political Epiphany 

Grace Lace, the Republican candidate and Trace Place, the Democratic candidate are running for the United States Senate seat from Texas.

Coincidentally they had attended the same elementary school and had been in the Gifted and Talented (GT) Program. They laughed and joked that Grace was the “gifted” one and Trace was the “talented” one.  Grace and Trace had been campaigning and competing against each other beginning in elementary school for Student Council President. 

Everyone thought they had politics in their DNA because both had ambitions of being President of the United States. It seemed like they were totally and completely consumed with politics; they ate, slept, dreamed and breathed politics.

Then the unimaginable and unthinkable happened; not just that the Independent candidate won, but that both had came to the startling and life changing revelation that their heart, mind and soul was restless until they could find respite from their relentless and unyielding search for the highest purpose in their life; to be of service to others, to live for the highest ideals possible, to give their life to a cause greater than themselves, and to be genuinely happy in life. 

Finally both found their ultimate calling in life; they both responded to a higher calling; Sister Grace is a nun in the Carmelite cloistered community in Carmelita, Texas and Brother Trace is a friar in the Franciscan monastery in Santo Francisco, Texas.  Only the hidden designs of divine providence could have practically overnight transformed two of the most politically ambitious and driven people in the country into humble, loving, obedient servants of God.

They had been afflicted with a preponderance of affluence and inflicted with prevalence for influence, when all the time what they truly sought was celestial aspiration and divine inspiration. They had futilely sought after the elusive elixir of winning every election and welding political power, when what they were truly searching for was eternal enlightenment and perpetual peace.

The one sadness in life, not to be the person God created us to be! 

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.
Del Rio