The Compass: Official Newspaper of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay
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February 9, 2001 Issue

Learning opportunities

Jesus had something to say about it

By Tony Staley
Compass Editor

Politics often present us with opportunities to learn about the larger issues that affect us each day and to consider how we should apply these lessons in our lives.

For example, throughout the presidency of Bill Clinton, his opponents eagerly criticized him and everything he did. And his friends were just as eager to defend him and everything he did. On the other side of the aisle, we saw similar reactions to Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft throughout the appointment process.

In our own lives, we see it in how we react and relate to our friends, family and acquaintances. Those we like, we willingly - or at least eventually - forgive any wrongs. For those we dislike, we embrace anything that confirms our beliefs.

Yet, Jesus tells us: "Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you; bless those who curse you and pray for those who maltreat you.... If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. If you do good to those who do good to you, how can you claim any credit? Sinners do as much" (Lk 6:27b-28,32-33).

As challenging as it can be to forgive someone we like, it's much more difficult to forgive and tolerate those we dislike or whose views we find abhorrent. The way of Christ is not an idyllic path without obstruction, but it is the way we've professed to follow.

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