Remember to check Pope Francis’ Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on this link at the Vatican site. Chapter Nine continues:
Listening and accompaniment
292. The first kind of sensitivity is directed to the individual. It is a matter of listening to someone who is sharing his very self in what he says. A sign of this willingness to listen is the time we are ready to spare for others. More than the amount of time we spend, it is about making others feel that my time is their time, that they have all the time they need to say everything they want. The other person must sense that I am listening unconditionally, without being offended or shocked, tired or bored.
We might ask: is this premise for young people or those who minister among them? I’d say both. Genuine listeners are found among people of all ages. It is not a standard virtue for any age, alas.
Pope Francis brings us back to the example of Jesus in that post-Resurrection encounter:
We see an example of this kind of listening in the Lord; he walks alongside the disciples on the way to Emmaus, even though they are going in the wrong direction (cf. Lk 24:13-35). When Jesus says he plans to go farther, they realize that he has given them the gift of his time, so they decide to give him theirs by offering their hospitality. Attentive and selfless listening is a sign of our respect for others, whatever their ideas or their choices in life.
Listening is certainly a sign of respect. Jesus respected the two on the way to Emmaus, and his example invited them to attend to his words. We also are invited. Any comments?
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