"We must love them both, those whose opinions we share and those whose opinions we reject. For both have labored in the search for truth and both have helped us in the finding of it."-St. Thomas AquinasIndeed! This is so hard, particularly in my school life right now. And I admit it: I'm not the best. I'm pretty horrible at this actually. I will leave the room really frustrated with people, sometimes to the point of seething, and it can go on and on for the rest of the day, into the next. I'm not sure what the cause of this is. Part of it is probably all the other sins I have piled up, and because I'm human, I haven't purged them (yet). For example, when sinful anger still remains, then in all likelihood lust has not been extinguished from the heart.
Part of it is also that I just don't tolerate the mass acceptance of any kind of paradigm. True, the Irish village Catholicism of my great-great-great grandparents requires a different standard: it just makes sense! James Joyce never became a Protestant, and this is reflected in The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man:
I don't accept it when people just accept the default paradigm of cultural Marxism, welfare socialism, and sexual liberation that has pervaded our culture without challenging their premise of belief. They hold it up as religious dogma but for the wrong reasons: it makes life easier and comfortable, and it makes someone in particular-i.e. white Christian males- a bully. Nihilism and existentialism allow us to deny the existence of God. (Maybe that's too harsh of a generalization.).Then, said Cranly, you do not intend to become a protestant?— I said that I had lost the faith, Stephen answered, but not that I had lost self-respect. What kind of liberation would that be to forsake an absurdity which is logical and coherent and to embrace one which is illogical and incoherent?
But, I do have to recognize that this is where they are at with the pursuit of all that it is Good, all that is Beautiful, and all that is True. We are designed for this pursuit as we are made out of love, so that we can freely come back to God our creator.
One has to really try to tolerate-in the Thomistic sense- another's flaws including their incorrect beliefs. It's hard, but it's so worth it. And, give them some time, especially after you don't see them for a while.
But, y'know, we're not Pelagians or Semi-Pelagians. THANK GOD. Grace is freely given if we desire it. If we had to work to purge ourselves of sin and to be sanctified, we'd never make it. We're simply too frail.
So, next time: post something on Facebook to get someone to think. Maybe a quote from a saint, or Mother Teresa. That usually gets better reception than something inflammatory about Obamacare and the HHS Mandate, which doesn't mean don't post about those kinds of things. Just pick and choose your battles in the comment-box.