Patience, Courage and Charity

Clergy Corner by Fr. Cellars

One of the greatest issues that tend to plague the younger generations is their inability to properly communicate. In a digital age, where most communication seems to be done either on televisions, computers, or smartphones, people have lost the ability to have a conversation, especially a hard conversation. For all the complaining I hear about how lost society seems to be today, I always wonder if the complainers ever thought to handle the situation properly themselves.

The thing is, my friends, there will always be things and people that get on our nerves. Additionally, there will be people that hurt us. Unfortunately, those that hurt us the most are those that are closest to us. So what do we do? What do we do when we have been wounded by another?  Jesus tells us how we should proceed today in our gospel.

There is a phrase that we used a lot in seminary that I think is just as acceptable here: fraternal correction. This means that if someone does something wrong or upsets you in some way, be a man or woman and confront the person. This is not to be confused with Frank Costanza from Seinfeld and his Festivus Airing of Grievances. Fraternal correction is done privately and above anything else, with charity. Remember our definition of charity? To will the good of the other! If we really want to grow closer to Christ (and that means to our neighbor), then we should ask for the virtues of patience, courage, and above all else charity.  

 

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