Monday, September 21, 2009

They will know we are Christian by our love

Things are getting crazy out there. The abortion “debate” is raging like never before. Haealthcare reform is dividing our country more bitterly than anything I’ve seen in my short life. Ted Kennedy’s funeral revealed the wide divide among Catholics who are all serving Jesus as well as they know how. Catholic bishops have publicly criticized other Catholic bishop’s decisions. Catholics regularly send angry, even threatening, communications to Catholic organizations that are too outspoken on Church teaching; or not outspoken enough.

Challenging times bring out the best in people; but can also bring out the worst. I listened to a talk by Fr. Larry Richards the other day and he reminded me of John 13:35 in which Jesus says “This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."

I, for one, promise to re-apply this passage to my life and writings. Please do the same. If something you read here prompts you to take action, please act with love. We can disagree with others and explain our reasons for holding our position; but as Christians we are called to do so with love.

Do they know you’re Christian because you love?

Here is a link to a list of tips on effective communication when “lovingly disagreeing” with someone. They are listed by

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