October 26

Reflection

“The spirit of the beatitudes challenges us not to take up hardline positions especially those that reject or disparage others. We are all challenged to tolerance, to empathy, to appreciation of differences, to respect.  While we are miles apart,,,we agree not to let that drive a wedge between us. Deeply shared values such as integrity, love and respect, can and should overcome any differences that may exist”( Michael Morwood). These words although written in a theological context, can apply to our political situation now. Different political views have devolved into anger and enmities. They have been ignited and spurred on by public vitriol. As the country prepares to choose its leadership this hostile attitude is dangerous. We are citizens of one nation, we share a common future, and, from our informed and honest perspective as individuals, we are expected to make what we believe is the best choice for the good of all.

Prayer

May we respect one another.

Action

Try to keep a calm and respectful outlook as these days progress. Don’t accept divisive rhetoric but make your own decisions based on factual information. Focus on the fact that this is not a contest for a prize  but a serious choice for our common future.

Suggested Reading

We exhort our people to take an active part in public life, and to contribute towards the attainment of the common good of the entire human family as well as to that of their own country.
Pope John XXIII, Pacem in Terris

Authentic social dialogue involves the ability to respect the other’s point of view and to admit that it may include legitimate convictions and concerns.
Pope Francis, Fratelli tutti

Patriotism based on the common good does not pander to divisiveness. True patriots don’t fuel racist or religious or ethnic divisions. They aren’t homophobic or sexist or racist. To the contrary, true patriots confirm the good that we have in common. They seek to strengthen and celebrate the “We” in “We the people.”
Robert B Reich

It’s okay to disagree with each other, what’s not okay is to hate each other because we disagree.
Abhijit Naskar

 One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.     
Bryant H. McGill

Respecting others’ opinions doesn’t mean being untrue to our own.
P. M. Forni

Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.
Steve Jobs

 

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