The divide in our world is growing. Man vs. woman. Black vs. white. Christian vs. Muslim. Democrat vs. Republican. There’s no end to the labels we apply to those who are not like us.
We focus on what separates us. And are driven even further apart.
The real tragedy is the discord, anger, and insults opposing sides hurl at the other. In person. In the media. In social media. There’s no escaping it.
We used to be able to disagree and still respect each other. What happened to honest debate?
It’s rare to see someone defending his perspective without insulting those with a differing view. We’ve adopted the mentality “if you’re not with me, you’re against me.” And we go on the offensive.
It’s easy to get pulled into the us vs. them mindset. To view anyone outside our circle as wrong … as not smart … as not Christian. To have no tolerance for them, whether it’s due to gender, race, religion, age, politics, etc. To think it’s okay to insult them or hurt their feelings because they are “them” and they are in the wrong.
This is opposite what Jesus did … and what He teaches us to do.
Jesus loves us all. He doesn’t put labels on us. He wants us all to see the beauty and grace in each other … to have more patience, kindness, and love for one another. Jesus welcomes us all to the kingdom of heaven, regardless of the circles we run in.
It’s time we reevaluate how we see others and work towards unity … instead of division. This week’s resources look at ways to be closer to God by removing labels, being more inclusive, and spreading more kindness.
This is an area I for one need to improve on … though perhaps I can wait until after the Texas-OU game on Saturday when my Longhorns try to upset “them” Sooners. (Just kidding, I love my Sooner friends.) 😀
Pope Francis reflected on Sept. 30th on the day’s Gospel in his Angelus address in St. Peter’s Square. He advised that we be open to the good, regardless of whether it comes from someone outside our own “circle.” Read his full address.
Today, perhaps more than ever before, we live by an “us” versus “them” mentality. The challenge for us in these days is to try to come to an understanding that, in the end, it isn’t our “belonging” or even our correctness that determines the quality of our discipleship.
Have you ever noticed a tendency to regard different people, places, or things as “other,” as categorically different from yourself, irredeemably separate? This kind of bias is an evolutionary trait — something that’s part of our survival wiring. We simply need to work with it, rather than against it.
If you are kind, can it really make you happier? Research projects have shown this is indeed the case. If you want to feel happier, try some of these 30 ways of being kind.
While the weekly rotation of Bible readings at the Catholic Mass are always full of meaning and value, every once in a while they strike a particularly intense and apropos nerve in the life of the Church. This weekend is one such moment.
In recent years, Catholic Charities school counselors have noticed an unsettling trend of more anxiety and less empathy among their young students. That realization has prompted all schools in the Diocese of Nashville to kick off their own incarnations of a yearlong kindness campaign.
“I Will Spend My Heaven Doing Good Upon Earth”: 24 St. Thérèse of Lisieux Quotes to Honor Her 24 Years of Life
October 1 was the feast of St.Thérèse of Lisieux. Here are 24 inspiring quotes by St. Thérèse in honor of her 24 years of life.
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The way we approach life, whether it’s work, parenting, exercising, or even eating, has a significant impact on our ability to make healthy choices sustainable in the long term. Learn how a small mindset shift can have a large impact on your life.
“God Friended Me” is a humorous but thought-provoking CBS drama that challenges Millennials to think about the bigger questions. If you missed its network debut last Sunday night, watch the pilot episode online. Spoiler alert: it’s really good.
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