Listening

St. Elizabeth Fedorona “Listening” Matthew 12:14-21

Brian McDermott writes in “What Is Apostolic Spirituality?”: “The God we are seeking to cooperate with is a God who is involved in every nook and cranny of the world, in its hell-holes and its min-paradises. Where do I choose to give my time and my attention and my energy. and from what do I choose to withdraw them? In Ignatian terms, an apostolically oriented spirituality demands that I learn how to live and act as a discerner of spirits and as a seeker of God’s desire for me.”

The Gospel today tells of Jesus choosing to do his ministry, without fan fare.

Last year I met a young pastor when I was in class in Florida, judgmental of my theology from day one. On the third day of class he received a phone call saying his wife had run away, left him, taking his children. I spent hours with him, simply listening–and suddenly his judgment of my theology evaporated; I spent two hours texting with a young guy last night, mainly about nothing, but he had my attention. That meant the world to him.

If we pay attention and listen to people, one by one change will take place, maybe we do not see it, but change takes place. Jesus died on the cross a failure–but he is certainly still present. There was a quote I heard on “Criminal Minds” that sticks with me: “Idealogy separates us, dreams and anguish brings us together.” Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

This quote from Dr. Will Tuttle sums up why we need to look at our use of animals:

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Freeing animals, we humans will be able to rejoin the celebration and contribute to it with our love and creativity. Competition and exploitation of other people can melt away as we regain our natural sensitivity. Our earth will naturally heal when we stop killing fish and sea life and polluting and wasting water in such unsustainable ways.

Forests and wildlife will return because we’ll need far less farmland to feed everyone a plant-based diet, and the whole earth will be relieved of the unbearable pressure exerted by omnivorous humans. We will be released from the paralysis that prevents us from creatively addressing the looming depletion of fossil fuels and the other challenges we face. Dr. Will Tuttle

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