How to Respond as a Catholic to Uncivil Discourse
In this talk, Susan Brinkmann gives advice on how to respond to uncivil discourse and reminds us that we have a secret weapon — Agape Love and people cannot resist it. She also provided concrete strategies.
- Study the doctrine of the church, especially social issues so that we can refute errors. This can help our fellow Catholics too.
- Take advice from Jesus. It is the logic of the heart, more than the logic of the mind, that moves man.
- Speak with discernment. People can not handle information all at once. Discern when to share and how much in any conversation.
- Speak with intelligence. Understand others’ ideas and prejudice, their joy and sorrow. Truthful information, said in love, can change minds.
- Speak with courage. Although they might get mad, they often admire those remain calm.
- Speak with conviction. Try sitting down and showing what is wrong with TV shows, sorcery.
- Speak with humility & gentleness. Avoid saying anything that will humiliate them or anger them.
- Speak with love — Love for their soul and for Jesus who loves that person
- Don’t argue or fight. By arguing, we run the risk of humiliating them. If they are mad, walk away.
- Look for common ground. Find out what truth you agree with. Start there, show fullness of truth.