|How we are to judge
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|Author:||John Lane [ Fri Jun 09, 2006 11:56 pm ]|
|Post subject:||How we are to judge|
I thought that this may well merit a thread of its own. Unclear notions on this subject are probably responsible for more acts of injustice and breaches of charity than any other single cause.
Several articles by John Daly and myself address it directly or indirectly. On how to judge heresy, this one is excellent: http://www.strobertbellarmine.net/judgeheresy.html
But more fundamentally, how are we to approach somebody who claims to be a fellow Catholic? How should we identify a Catholic from a non-Catholic in these perilous times? How should we deal with those that we recognise as our fellow Catholics, but whose actions may seem to indicate ill-will?
As a starting point for us, here is the starting point of St. Ignatius, in his Exercises.
“…every good Christian is to be more ready to save his neighbor’s proposition than to condemn it. If he cannot save it, let him inquire how he means it; and if he means it badly, let him correct him with charity. If that is not enough, let him seek all the suitable means to bring him to mean it well, and save himself.”
|Author:||Vince Sheridan [ Sat Jun 10, 2006 12:33 am ]|
John Lane- Many thanks ! This is very timely as well. In light of your post on this subject, me thinks these 2 sayings from the Saints help keep the work of apologetics in its clear light.
" If you wish to labor with fruit in the conversion of souls, you must pour the balsam of sweetness upon the wine of your zeal, that it may not be too fiery, but mild, soothing, patient, and full of compassion. For the human soul is so constituted that by rigor it becomes harder, but mildness completely softens it. Besides, we ought to remember that Jesus Christ came to bless good intentions, and if we leave them to His control, little by little He will make them fruitful" . (St Francis de Sales)
" At times a single word is sufficient to cool a person who is burning with anger; and, on the other hand, a single word may be capable of desolating a soul, and infusing into it a bitterness which may be most hurtful." - St. Vincent de Paul
In Xto Christo
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