It’s fashionable among conservative Catholics to complain about our culture of Relativism. But have you ever considered the reality that evil destroys itself? Because it does. Lashing out at our “culture” with vitriol only spreads Satan’s kingdom of hatred. Our goal as Christians should be to spread Christ’s kingdom of peace and love.
Next time you open your mouth to criticize someone, ask yourself this:
What will I achieve by saying this?
Do I truly know what this person is going through?
Do I know what it’s like to live as this human being every single day?
Do I know what sort of personal hell this person is living in at this moment?
And is what I’m going to say about to make things better, or am I simply pouring salt in a wound?
Even well meaning advice is sometimes the wrong answer. Sometimes there is no right answer, except surrender to God’s will and acceptance of his mercy. Sometimes that means falling apart. Sometimes keeping one’s “chin up” is impossible. We are weak, fragile human beings and we break under pressure.
The important thing is that we recognize the “break” is temporary, and we will emerge from the ashes like phoenixes reborn if we trust in God’s grace to rebuild us rather than our own frail willpower.
Sometimes the only right answer is a hug. A touch on the shoulder. Looking directly into another human being’s eyes and telling them “It’s all right. I still love you, even though you’re broken. I will always love you, even though it’s breaking me. For now, we can be broken together.”
Take good care of yourself, and others. And may God bless you. ❤