We are a mystery to one another, which is as it should be since we are mysteries to ourselves as well.
When someone tries to convince me of something I do not agree with, it can cause me to take a stance that comes across as more extreme than it really is.
Politics is a good case in point. I stay away from that hot topic since it can only lead to more dissension, which we have more than enough of.
Speak your mind gently, from your conscience, and don't worry about how it affects others. We all plant seeds in each other's hearts, for good or bad,
which can take root later, much later. The issues today are so diverse, and so many, and so impossible, that all we can do is to do the best we can,
I believe that when Christ became man, his greatest suffering was that he saw 'true'. I do not believe that I see true at all but through a fog of subjectivity that can blind me and make me deaf to others.
We all want to be seen, heard, and accepted. Yet it can be hard to extend that to others. I find that it takes a lot of energy to let go of my own ideas for even a
few minutes to listen to the perspective of another. Often people when taken seriously respond by toning down their own arguments and listening as well.
When we feel that we are heard many defenses often come down and actual communications can happen.
An agreement may not be reached, but violence can be diffused. It is not easy for me to stay connected to the reality that Christ lives in me,
and works through me. It is only by daily prayer that this reality can become more real, and grow.-Br.MD