(quote) Carol-799486 said: Mother Teresa once said, you win any arguments by gentle persuasion and by being gentle. Our world is a chaotic place to live in. War in Syria and anywhere else in the world.
Do people forget how to pray anymore? How are you going to heal a wounded country when all is hungry for power and greed?
How can a gentle warrior heal a heated argument when all wants to speak at the same time?
We as Catholic is called to become a gentle warrior for God's greater glory.
GENTLENESS = PEACE.
BALLISTIC = AGGRESSION / STRIPE
Truth is a violence to falsehood. Some take a worldly peace in spiritual sloth and worldly comforts, even in the name of living their faith under God. People will say that being 'nice' is defined by how tolerant we are of error, and call this the same as respecting the person. It's not. True charity is love of God (first) and love of neighbor borne out of this love of God. We are not to tolerate error, but rather, have a love of truth, and recognize that even truth has a hierarchy. For instance, the truths of our faith are of some of the highest truths.
We do need to pray for Syria. There is a time to fight, though, but now is clearly not the time, but it is always time to pray, but especially now. People forget the Battle of Lepanto, when both war and prayer helped make what was naturally impossible possible, for the sake of Christ's kingship.
But gossip, detraction, these things are never reflections of Christ's Kingship and honor, and rather, are a form of lying. Yet, people will do these things because their feelings were 'hurt', even over someone speaking of a Church teaching that happens to bother their conscience.
Our Lord said that the truth would divide, and that HE was the Sword of Truth. "Do not think that I came not to bring peace but a sword." That doesn't mean that God doesn't wish to have peace, but not peace with a wrongly formed conscience, or ignorance of the faith.
The reality is that there will always be contentions no matter how hard you try. Think of what the saints when through. Things like chastity, purity and modesty, also the requirements for the Sacraments (both in quality and in form and matter) and holy obedience (!) really bother a lot of people, even Catholics who think themselves quite devoted. Even if we mention these correction for God's greater glory, there is no promise as to how they will be received. Even some of Jesus's own followers turned away on the point of the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist, and one even betrayed him. Of course, Judas came back to give him a kiss, but still, you get my point.
There is a point to say the truth and even points to stand for it. You can't reason with the Muslim Brotherhood without consenting AGAINST Christ's Kingship. Their self-admission to a religion that says lying is good and necessary. (Incidentally, it's a lie, for instance, that they plan on maintaining a democracy once they have power. They want Sharia law, and that won't work with a democracy. This is all P.R. to get US support.) Also, Assad is tempting God as well, but even while this is not a time for us to bomb anywhere, neither Assad nor the Muslim Brotherhood are people that can be coerced by "gentle persuasion". That is totally unrealistic.