EG 101: Prayer and Love Conquers Divisions

Vasnetsov_Maria_MagdaleneLet’s wrap up the discussion on Christian incivility:

101. Let us ask the Lord to help us understand the law of love. How good it is to have this law! How much good it does us to love one another, in spite of everything. Yes, in spite of everything! Saint Paul’s exhortation is directed to each of us: “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Rom 12:21). And again: “Let us not grow weary in doing what is right” (Gal 6:9). We all have our likes and dislikes, and perhaps at this very moment we are angry with someone. At least let us say to the Lord: “Lord, I am angry with this person, with that person. I pray to you for him and for her”. To pray for a person with whom I am irritated is a beautiful step forward in love, and an act of evangelization. Let us do it today! Let us not allow ourselves to be robbed of the ideal of fraternal love!

Doing what is right, as the apostle counsels, is about making conscious choices and following up those choices with concrete actions. Love is not a feeling, I believe. It is a decision. We decide we are going to love someone, perhaps someone we do not like. If we cannot turn to the person in question, Pope Francis urges us to pray. Praying for an irritant is an act of evangelization. Ever think of it in that way? I hadn’t.

The Holy Father’s Evangelii Gaudium is available online in its entirety.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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