It is true that this is easier said than done.Peter J said:This statement reminds me of certain dismissive "digs" that Orthodox posters have made about us Catholics, e.g. "Peter is completely wrong and typifies the usual Latin understanding of the Eastern Catholics". Perhaps we should be turning-the-other-cheek?elijahmaria said:You still need to spend time talking to people like al Misry, where rejection is cold and unforgiving and constant.
Indeed, all of us are human and all of us need to get past the occasions where, in the heat of making an argument or trying to prove a point, or out of frustration, we may have overstated our point of view or miscatagorized the opinions of others. We all are charged by our faith and we must strive to not let past offenses, perceived or otherwise - color our judgment to the extent where it may no longer fairly be offered. Sometimes in life, our opinions of strangers may be colored by the actions of real persons with whom we have interacted and whose words or actions caused real pain. It happens to us all, I am afraid.