Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Amoris Laetitia - Par. 100

100.  To be open to a genuine encounter with others, "a kind look" is essential.  This is incompatible with a negative attitude that readily points out other people's shortcomings while overlooking one's own.  A kind look helps us to see beyond our own limitations, to be patient and to cooperate with others, despite our differences.  Loving kindness builds bonds, cultivates relationships, creates new networks of integration and knits a firm social fabric.  In this way, it grows every stronger, for without a sense of belonging we cannot sustain a commitment to others; we end up seeking our convenience alone and life in common becomes impossible.  Antisocial persons think that others exist only for the satisfaction of their own needs.  Consequently, there is no room for the gentleness of love and its expression.  Those who love are capable of speaking words of comfort, strength, consolation, and encouragement.  These words that Jesus himself spoke:  "Take heart, my son!" (Mt 9:2); "Great is your faith!" (Mt 15:28); "Arise!" (Mk 5:41);  "Go in peace" (Lk 7:50); "Be not afraid" (Mt 14:27).  These are not words that demean, sadden, anger or show scorn.  In our families, we must learn to imitate Jesus' own gentleness in our way of speaking to one another.