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On Becoming "The Change I Want To See"

The following was in the Church bulletin tonight at Risen Christ.

Inner strength, as the work of grace, prevents us from becoming carried away by the violence that is so much a part of life today, because grace defuses vanity and makes possible meekness of heart.  The saints do not waste energy complaining about the failings of others; they can hold their tongues before the faults of their brothers and sisters, and avoid the verbal violence that demeans and mistreats others.  Saints hesitate to treat others harshly, they consider others better than themselves.

The Call to Holiness, Pope Francis, Rome, March 18, 2018

Putting aside the question of how many "saints" their would be if saints were held to this stamdard, I really like this statement for several reasons.  First, there is nothing in it to indicate that its author is a Christian or even a religious person.  It is certainly a statement by a spiritual person, but there are many of those in all relgions and with no religion.  Second, it suggests the  vital importance of words and speech in making the social world as it is.  Good people use good words and good words encourage people to be good.  Third, the statement draws on the  Perennial Philosophy which  lies at the core of all functioning societies:  We do not depend on our own human resources alone, but,  ultimately,  on '"grace," a mysterious force which comes from outside our selves (or at least we do not recognize it as being within us.)

I cannot see the world as being any better than i think it is or say it is.  If i think the world is an evil place, it will be that for me.  If i can think of the world as an acceptable place i will be happier and less inclined to  add to the world's problems by my own attitudes and actions


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Sep. 14th, 2018 03:45 pm (UTC)
I agree with adopting a gracious and grateful way of speaking and being in the world....and I wonder, how can we hope to counter the outright lies and distortions that continue to rain down on us without at least a little acrimony? Even if we remain polite, the acrimony comes.
Sep. 14th, 2018 04:47 pm (UTC)
I hear you and struggle with the same problem which seems to be getting even worse. I heard someone say on public radio yesterday that one of the Carolinas has passed a law forging the use of long range projection of climate change in government repors. They don't want to discourage development along the Atlantic shore. And while there are still climate change deniers, there are also people who know very well that climate change is happening, they do not want knowledge of it to interfere with their profits from development. Encountering such persons it would seem almost impossible to get angry. Well, i get angry then, but i try not to lose my cool. Hate produces only hate.
Sep. 14th, 2018 04:50 pm (UTC)
The problem is that even if you don't lose your cool the communication effort usually proves pointless. Why expose yourself to the vitriol when they have no intention of being civil or of facing their own immorality?
Sep. 16th, 2018 03:17 am (UTC)
Just because i have to. Its the right thing for me to do.
Sep. 16th, 2018 06:24 pm (UTC)
Praises be to you with the patience and fortitude to withstand the onslaught.
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