Fratelli Tutti 221: Giving Things Up

Speaking of that covenant of mutuality mentioned in paragraph 220 …

221. Such a covenant also demands the realization that some things may have to be renounced for the common good.

For someone, somewhere, and sometimes a lot of people, this can be very difficult. There must be a greater goal communicated and well-convinced.

No one can possess the whole truth or satisfy his or her every desire, since that pretension would lead to nullifying others by denying their rights. A false notion of tolerance has to give way to a dialogic realism on the part of men and women who remain faithful to their own principles while recognizing that others also have the right to do likewise. This is the genuine acknowledgment of the other that is made possible by love alone.

As is often true, applying the Golden Rule or some close variant, is needed:

We have to stand in the place of others, if we are to discover what is genuine, or at least understandable, in their motivations and concerns.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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