By Fr. Mike Schmitz, Ascension Presents, May 20, 2020
When someone says something hurtful to you, it is wise to give them the benefit of the doubt. What does that mean? It means ask yourself, “Do I firmly believe that this is a person of good will?” If so, is there anything that can help you better understand their behavior?
This is not to excuse hurtful behavior, and not a reason to tolerate being treated poorly, or to endure any kind of abuse. In many cases a person’s actions do reveal their heart. So we’re not talking about those cases. We’re not talking about people who manipulate others intentionally, and those who just willfully do evil. We’re talking about when people of good will just have a bad moment, or momentarily let their vain side get the best of them.
*Image: The statue of Columbus in front of City Hall in Columbus, Ohio being taken down on July 1, 2020 to be palced in storage [Doral Chenoweth/ColumbusDispatch]. The statue was sculpted by Eduardo Alfieri and presented by the citizens of Genoa, Italy to the people of Columbus in 1955.