Respect seems to have been lost in our society. We let old ladies stand while we sit. We watch while others burn our Flag. T.V. programs disrespect religion. A recent example of this on House of Cards where Kevin Spacey’s character, spit on a statue of the crucified Jesus. We take more than our fair share at buffets. We let our children be rude, unkind and do not discipline them. We leave church early. We say mean things on the internet to others. We have become animals who kill to keep from being killed. It is the weak that seem to get the brunt of the disrespect. The child in the school is bullied because he does not look great or does not fit in. Schools do nothing for fear of being sued. A Downs child filled with so much love and innocence, but looks different, is a target for abuse of any kind. Even the servants of God think they are above hurting other’s with disrespect. They do not realize the big responsibility God has given them. It is not an excuse to speak abusive to believers or non believers or other christians. This is wickedness. Servants be submissive to your masters with due Respect. Not only to those who are good and gentle , but also to those who are unreasonable. Let’s pray that respect becomes politically correct.
I am always surprised when Christians compete and gossip about me. Recently I was gossiped about and it hurt me deeply. So deeply that I move away on the scripture. If they do not accept you wipe the dust from your feet and move to the next town. We were deeply hurt, no one would listen to how we felt. It was like we were outcasts of friends. Hopefully you are not thinking that we deserved it. Because we did not!!! The message from Pope Francis came out at that time. His words were very healing for me. It is obvious he had same problem with gossip. This website is here to share your hurt with any wound. I hope that I am not the only one that is sharing!!!!!
Pope Francis wrote
” We have as it were of one heart and one soul: That unity, unanimity and harmony of feelings of love, mutual love, thinking “others are better than me” , and this is lovely isn’t it?”
But this does not happen automatically after Baptism. It must be brought about within us, “on the journey through life by the Spirit”. “This gentleness is a somewhat forgotten virtue: being gentle, making room for others. There are so many enemies of gentleness, aren”t there? Starting with gossip. When people prefer to tell tales, to gossip about others, to give others a few blows. These are daily events that happen to everyone, and to me too”. “They are temptations of the evil one.” he continued, “who does not want the Spirit to create this gentleness, in Christian communities. In the parish the ladies of cathechesis quarrel with the ladies of Caritas” These conflicts always exist, in the family, in the neighborhood, even among friends. And this is not new life. When the Spirit causes us to be born to new life, he makes us gentle and kind, not judgmental: the only Judge is the Lord”. The proposal to be silent fits in here. “If I have something to say, let me say it to the individual, not to the entire neighborhood; only to the one who can remedy the situation”.
“This”, Pope Francis concluded, “is only one step. If , with the grace of the Spirit, we succeed in never gossiping, it will be great and beautiful step ahead and will do everyone good. Let us ask the Lord to show us and th world the beauty and fullness of this new life of being born of the Spirit, of treading each other with kindness, with respect. Let us ask for this grace for us all.