St Ignatius on Respect

I’ve been reading Joseph Tetlow’s commentary on the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola. Part of number 22 reads:

Every good Christian is more ready to find a correct meaning in a neighbor’s statement than to reject it as erroneous. If we cannot construe it in some orthodox sense, we ask how he (or she) meant it.

The saint is speaking of the director interacting with the one being led in the Exercises. I think about what is too often an online exchange. An idea is offered that goes against the grain, and the worst is considered.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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