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Fight all error, but do it with good humor, patience, kindness, and love. Harshness will damage your own soul and spoil the best cause.
- St. John Cantius


allow me to play the devil's advocate and ask, how do we fight abortion with good humor?

Dunno. Good question. There certainly is nothing humorous about abortion, but I think striving to keep up hope and positivity in regards to it is important. I'm not sure if that could be defined as humor...

We fight with "good humor" by not being vindictive, mean or ugly to those who have been involved in it.

As a former pro-choicer (oh, yes, I was), my heart was not turned by those who were shrill, rude and ugly. My heart was turned by those who argued well, but not vindictively and meanly. Those who were willing to discuss EVERY SINGLE TIME I had a question (and I think that takes a certain amount of good humor--to buck up and say to oneself "Here we go again" but never let ME see it). AND by those who simply bore patient witness outside clinics and during the Marches for Life, etc.

I was especially moved by the "Silent No More" women who were brave enough simply to stand and say "I did this, and I have regretted it every day of my life since."

Those people are not harsh.

There is telling the truth, and telling it in love.

Then there is calling names and acting as if the other side is stupid and clueless.

One has a chance. The other never does.

AND we stand a chance of damaging OURSELVES in the process. Turning ourselves into Pharisees rather than Christ figures to the world.

St. Francis de Sales says much the same. "Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset."

Think about Mother Teresa. Nothing "humorous" about the poor dying on the streets in Calcutta. But she had an inner humor, peace and strength that allowed her to continue the work.

Same here, seems to me.

this is why mamaT is "the smart one" of the summas.



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