Appleton, WI

Oct 19: Day by Day with Father Bill

Memorial of Saints Father John DeBreuf and Father Isaac Jogues, Priests and Companions, Martyrs (in USA only)
A divided country. Fights at the dinner table. Political vitriol. What does it mean to love our neighbors in the midst of such a climate?

Civilize It is about making room in your heart for those with whom you disagree. We are called to recognize that each one of us is a beloved child of God and to respond in love to that reality. Civilize It is a non-partisan call to focus on the dignity of all people, even when we disagree, and to put faith in action by bearing witness to a better way forward.

1. Civility.
To recognize the dignity of those with whom I disagree, treat others with respect, and rise above attacks when directed at me.
2. Clarity.
To root my political viewpoints in the Gospel and a well-formed conscience, which involves prayer, conversation, study and listening. I will stand up for my convictions and speak out when I witness language that disparages others’ dignity, while also listening and seeking to understand others’ experiences.
3. Compassion.
To encounter others with a tone and posture which affirms that I honor the dignity of others and invites others to do that same. I will presume others’ best intentions and listen to their stories with empathy. I will strive to understand before seeking to be understood.
To explore Civilize It further, here is a link for you:

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