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Fr. Dick’s Spiritual Reflection – 08/11/2015

Fr. Dick’s Spiritual Reflection – 08/11/2015

“Say what you mean and mean what you say.”

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    I just got back from Arizona. While I was there I went to San Xavier del Bac mission for Mass. This mission church and school for the Native Americans is in the capable hands of the Franciscans. It is a blessing for the Diocese of Tucson. The faith of the Native Americans and the Hispanics who attended this mass was so simple yet so profound.

    Anyway, after Mass we saw this woman leaving church who had the famous/infamous saying on her black tank top is large silver letters …..’IT IS WHAT IT IS.’  We started laughing.  I have said or heard that saying over and over for the past two years or more.  It points out the power of good and effective communication.  Everyone who hears this saying knows what it means.  My friends know what a big deal this whole issue of communication is for me.

    Jesus used parables to communicate his important messages.  We know good and effective communication is an absolute necessity in a successful marriage or relationship. We realize the importance of good homilies.

    Jesus tells us to “say what you mean and mean what you say.” So I thought I would share with you some significant qualities of good communication.

    1.   Openness.

    2.   Listening.

    3.   Honesty

    4.   Mutuality.

    5.   Understanding.

    6.   Acceptance.

    7.  Non-judging.

    There are more but these stand out for me.  In a world that is inundated with text messages, emails, tweets (Twitter), Facebook posts, letters, cards and phone calls, good and effective communication can suffer. But when the forms of communication are filled with the above listed qualities everybody benefits.

    My brother’s latest reflection is an example of good and effective communication. Everyone loved it.  But the BEST communication by far is PRAYER.  God is always there listening, loving and communicating.

    My prayer for you is that you always hear that God loves you…And in the words of Robert Schuller once again, “God loves you and so do I.”