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For and Against

In the span of one week, at my job as a Church communications director, I had two people separately accuse me of completely opposite — and equally untrue — realities. One person sent me an online message implying I was ignorant at best and a heretic at worst for running a column in the diocesan newspaper written by a religious sister who mentioned her use of Centering Prayer. The other sent me a handwritten, anonymous screed because our newspaper had run a single image of a Latin Mass. This writer accused me of taking the entire diocese to a “pre-conciliar” time.

Those two letters made me wonder how we can bring peace and unity to our world when we can’t even find it in our own Church. The beauty of our faith is that we have an almost limitless supply of prayer possibilities that offer us the opportunity to deepen our relationship with God daily, whether we do that in silence on a cushion, on our knees before a candlelit altar, or even in our sneakers on a jog through the neighborhood.

Today’s Gospel message is one we would do well to take to heart in this climate of growing intolerance: “Whoever is not against you is for you.” If we are praying and working and acting in the name of Jesus as we go about our lives, what does it matter if my way isn’t your way and vice versa? As long as we are all on The Way, we can’t go wrong. Division serves no one, least of all the One who matters most.

Mary DeTurris Poust, “For and Against,” from the September 2019 issue of Give Us This Day (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2019). Used with permission.

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  1. Teresa Prumo #

    God bless you for bringing dimensional views to our faith! I read your article as a reflection in my Give Us This Day daily prayer book today. I agree with you whole heartily in your comment: “If we’re are praying and working and acting in the name of Jesus as we go about our lives, what does it matter if my way isn’t your way and vice versa?….”
    The bible says in many different passages, that we’re to love one another, open our minds to what possibilities exist to spread the gospel, and to act as if God will be coming for us soon- to be vigilant! If we are so busy with others “correct” way to express themselves, how are we loving one another? How are we speaking the word? We are nothing short of a Pharisee. I pray daily, in prayerful silence each day; I speak to the Lord always & ask for guidance in the many things that come my way. Life isn’t easy. But we are meant to raise each other up. To forgive. To do what Jesus would have us do. Our family does subscribe to the Evangelist, and we read it from cover to cover weekly. Thank you for your articles! Thank you for making us remember who we are and what we must do to serve the Lord. Keep doing a great job! You have my ear! God bless you.

    September 30, 2019
  2. Michele B. #

    Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me❤️

    September 30, 2019
  3. It sounds to me as if you’ve heard from the two extremes and we all know there can be no peace between extremes. Continue what you are doing and pay no attention to them.

    September 30, 2019
  4. Thank you for another excellent post! I appreciate how you write from your heart.
    Unfortunately, the combination of sensitivity and entitlement found in many people today leads to complaints instead of consensus. Keep doing the good things you are doing.
    Neil Presley Cox

    October 1, 2019

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