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Supertradmum - this is what I posted about the RCTV and the Aod affair at "A Blog for Dallas Area Catholics" when "Brad" said the following: “Don’t tell me your (the) truth unless you are doing it with love”.True, Brad, true. However, please consider, that sometimes to tell the Truth is a matter of… tough love, is it not?Take these few instances from Sacred Scripture:Our Lord’s words to the hypocritical scribes and Pharisees in St. Matthew’s gospel in chapter twenty-three. He called them “brood of vipers” and “serpents.” He also called them “whitewashed tombs.” He went on to call them “blind guides” and “blind fools”!Now, would you say He was telling them the truth “with love”? Yes! Tough love.God wishes all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. (1 Tim 2:4)Sometimes, it takes a bit of a “shock factor,” if-you-will, to wake folks up.How about St. Paul in Romans 1, 1 Cor 6, and Galatians 5 where he gives a not so subtle list of sins if a Christian dies without repenting of will not allow them enter the kingdom of heaven?He even told the church at Corinth to “deliver this man (an unrepentant sinner) to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the say of the Lord Jesus.” (1 Cor 5:5)Certainly, St. Paul’s “What is love?” discourse in 1 Corinthians 13 should *always* be at the forefront of our minds when Christians are giving the reason for the hope that is within them. (see 1 Ptr 3:15, and CCC 1285)Fraternal correction is a “form of Penance” in everyday Christian life. (see CCC 1435) Certainly, as you point out, *how* we say it is very important. With this I completely agree.However, there are times for the kind and gentle approach, and there are times for the tough love approach. It is not either/or in the Kingdom. It is both/and.(and, yes, I have had my hard head cracked many times) God bless,Catechist KevinSupertradmum: I *love* your posts at Fr. Zs. They are always informative. By the way, I had a friend who graduated at Notre Dame in the early 80s, too.God love you,Kev
Thanks, anonymous and keep up the good work.
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