Capsule for the Day
There are those who we can't reason with; those who aren't open to another point of view or for reasons best known to them can't come to "the table". These people aren't bad. They are difficult but not impossible. Truth be told, they aren't there yet. I doubt if we all walk at the same pace.
Besides, reason by its very nature demands patience and time to process and to ruminate. It will be wrong to write off those who aren't open to reason yet as either closed-minded or a bigot. Reason enlightened by faith bears the fruit of love. It hopes and waits, and develops in the process.
The challenge many a time is we want a quick fix. We want it now. And if the other isn't consenting to what we want, then he or she is the enemy. It becomes the good "us" and the bad "them". Does this strike a chord? Even in families, we find this playing out. But quick fix doesn't always fix.
Fr. Francis Afu