Christ’s message to bloggers: “Love one another.”

“Love one another,” says Jesus. That means loving people, not judging them. That means bearing with them when we disagree with them, not attacking them at the slightest hint of a difference of opinion on church teaching. That means giving them the benefit of the doubt, not jumping down their throats when you think they’ve made a mistake. That means assuming that they too love God and the church, just like you do, maybe even more. That means hoping the best for them, not damning them if you think that they’re not “orthodox.” What’s more, “Love one another” doesn’t mean saying, “I love you so very much that I must tell you what a terrible Catholic you are, and how very much in error you are, and how you should just leave the church because you’re not a true believer like I am (because, of course, I can see within your soul).” Yes, one of the Spiritual Works of Mercy is to “Admonish the Sinner,” but that presumes an actual love, a heartfelt love, for the person, and most of the admonishing that is done these days seems suffused instead with hate. All of the Spiritual Works of Mercy–and the Corporal Works, too–are useless without love. Love one another. Leave the judging to Jesus.”

– Fr. James Martin, on his Facebook page

Comments

  1. Good luck, Fr Martin. It took, what, less than 20 minutes? for a cheap shot about this post and Jesuits in general to be made in the comments on the Deacon’s next post.

  2. I certainly agree with Father Martin that comments on these blogs can often get pretty darn ugly and hateful.

    I would only like to say that real love can never exist outside of truth, and sometimes, truth needs to be said. Often times, truth is never easy to hear, regardless of how charitable one’s intentions.

  3. If you can’t take the heat….

  4. “It took, what, less than 20 minutes? for a cheap shot about this post and Jesuits in general …”

    “I would only like to say that real love can never exist outside of truth, and sometimes, truth needs to be said.”

    Clearly, some dislike the truth being told unless its their brand of truth. Thanks Fr Martin, for drawing out, yet again, the narcissism of the blogosphere, and of many conservative Catholics, by simple truth-telling.

  5. I had the pleasure of meeting Fr. Martin and spending a good portion of Monday with him. He could not be kinder, more humble or down to earth. His words are for all of us – for all, not for many. If only we could manage to live this way.

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