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Hope means hoping when things are hopeless, or it is no virtue at all… As long as matters are really hopeful, hope is mere flattery or platitude; it is only when everything is hopeless that hope begins to be a strength.

— G.K. Chesterton

The Church therefore has one inescapable task: to lift up Christ. When she seeks to lift herself up she becomes weak, but when she acknowledges her own weakness and proclaims her Lord, she is strong.

— Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J. (via catholicanswers)

Hi Fr. How can one deal with a person that can be very annoying, that certain person is always lying, praising himself, and relies on others for strength while God should be our only strength. So how can I be kind to that person but also tell him that he should be himself. He wants to add me on facebook, but I don't want to approve him just because I don't want him to stalk me. Any advice would be helpful. Thank you!! God Bless you!! - Anonymous

I hope you’re not talking about me… ;-)

There will always be annoying people in our lives, always, everywhere. (Sigh.) It’s just a matter of learning to deal with it in a Christian way. Have you prayed about it and asked God for strength? Are you reading and meditating on 1 Cor 13, hoping that God will enlighten you? Are you asking for the gift of patience?

Everybody changes and matures, but everyone does so at their own pace. Some people are really slow, but getting annoyed at them won’t speed up the process.

With the Facebook thing, just tell him straight out, but when you do so, offer some sort of olive branch… some sort of mending-fences thing or an offering of friendship at some lower level. You’ll have to see if there’s anything feasible given your circumstances. Pray for prudence, wisdom, patience and fortitude… and charity above all!

Sometimes we’re like sandpaper for each other. Our rough edges end up smoothing out others and creating virtue in them… if we let it!

God bless you!

- Father Shane

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