Tuesday, December 9, 2014

QUOTATION: Politics is a Duty, not a Privilege

Blessed John Henry Newman
The greatest privilege of a Christian is to have nothing to do with worldly politics,—to be governed and to submit obediently; and though here again selfishness may creep in, and lead a man to neglect public concerns in which he is called to take his share, yet, after all, such participation must be regarded as a duty, scarcely as a privilege, as the fulfillment of trusts committed to him for the good of others, not as the enjoyment of rights (as men talk in these days of delusion), not as if political power were in itself a good.

--Blessed John Henry Newman, "The Danger of Riches", Parochial and Plain Sermons, Vol. 2