Am I really prepared to listen to those with whom I disagree, or do I think I already know what they will say? Am I open to learning from people who are ‘on the other side’ to me in some way? What are the walls that divide me, and the groups to which I belong, […]
In a homily on dialogue, Pope Francis encourages us to make bridges and not to allow walls to arise. Who do you see in your community making bridges between groups rather than building walls? Pope Francis stresses the need for humility if we are to enter into dialogue. Have you ever been too proud to […]
The world of communications can be loud, frantic and busy. How do you make choices about who and what you take the time to listen to? What practices help you to be silent and listen to others?
Who are the most vulnerable in your society? Do they have a voice in public policy discussions? How does your faith community go about listening to them?
Can you think of examples when giving up arms and engaging in dialogue has actually built up justice, trust and hope? How might we make the shift from thinking of others as enemies to reaching out in dialogue? Read Pope Francis’ World Day of Peace Message for 2014 here.