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Dear Edith Response #1 – Alessia

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Dear Ashleigh,
First of all don’t beat yourself up for a lack of courage. While it is a good thing to be ready to stand up for the Lord at all times, the truth is these people, who are so readily attacking you, would often not be receptive to anything you’d say. I’m someone who is always ready for an argument (and often makes it worse that way), and I’ve found that a lot of people won’t even listen or let you speak. If it’s on social media, you can bring out any article or proof that they’re wrong, but they’ll only read what they want to read.

It’s all up to the Holy Spirit to open their hearts to be receptive to the truth. St Paul in his first letter to the Thessalonian church wrote that “our message of the gospel came to you not in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction” (1 Thess 1:2-5 NRSVCE).

Instead of feeling bad for not finding your voice in front of the challenges, you should switch your perspective to see where your power lies: prayer.

Instead of feeling bad for not finding your voice in front of the challenges, you should switch your perspective to see where your power lies: prayer. Pray for them. They’ll need it, and we know we have a duty to pray for those who persecute us, as Jesus prayed for the Jewish elite on the Cross.

You are so powerful, dear sister. Sometimes, though, we have to choose our battles. Start by engaging those who seem less intent on just reinforcing their prejudices – some may have past hurt they are dealing with (again, I was one of those too) and some may be just trolls. The trolls are off limit even for me (most of the time, when pride doesn’t take over). Everyone else, what they need may not be apologetics, but a show of Christian love. Rely on the Holy Spirit to know what to do, and if it’s walking away, it doesn’t make you any less good than you are.

Lots of love and prayers your way.
Alessia


Alessia is a cradle Catholic revert, and Christian-unity-obsessed, blogger who writes about the intersection between faith and politics, history (she aspires to be awarded a PhD in the near future!) and life as a Carrie Bradshaw in mantilla veil in the big and exciting city of London. You can read her thoughts on her blog www.theblondpond.com or find here on Twitter and Instagram under the same nom de plume. Also passionate about intentional living and interior design, she founded Laurel and Yew (www.laurelandyew.com), a social enterprise to tackle youth unemployment in her local area.

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