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Pure in Heart Talk: How to Talk About Controversial Topics

Pure in Heart Talk: How to Talk About Controversial Topics

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The third talk given at the Pure in Heart Retreat in Carlingford, Ireland, Ocober 19-21, 2012.
The third talk given at the Pure in Heart Retreat in Carlingford, Ireland, Ocober 19-21, 2012.

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Published by: Fr Samuel Medley SOLT on Oct 21, 2012
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How to Talk About Controversial Topics with Grace and Charm
Contraception, Abortion, SSA, IVF, and More
Controversy 
Everybody loves it. It’s on the tele, the internet, radio, it is THE longstandingapproach to journalism: sensationalism, get ‘em wound up, get ‘em excited,give them whatever is controversial.This was the whole idea of the Dan Brown series, “The Davinci Code.” It wasreally horrible screenplay, cinematography, and not researched at all. It hadonly one quality that attracted people- it was controversial.If we are going to speak about those topics that are controversial we have to beable to address in an effective way the very area of the human heart that is soattracted, fascinated, and fixated on controversy, our fallen human nature. What is our fallen human nature seeking? Jesus Christ! We are looking forlove but in all the wrong places. The first thing you have to do is give themChrist and put it in the context of LOVE. This is important too when you aregoing into secular arenas where they don’t believe in Christ, because here youhave to talk about him indirectly, while still addressing the human heart’sneed for love.Here are some simple principles that we can apply to all of our hot issues:1.Know the issue. Know the Church’s teaching on it. This is of utmostimportance. If you don’t know it or only know it enough to be dangerous, you won’t be able to know what points are really the most important and what points won’t be the right well to find water or mine to find gold.2.Pray 3.Keep it in the sphere of human love - be careful when they start talkingabout disagreements, dissension, violence, contradictions, uprisings, and just having a challenging and rebellious spirit.4.Pray.5. Do not be impressed, fascinated, or afraid of the “spirit of the world,” i.e.sophistication and high learning, fame and fortune, or a persuasivepersonality. Stay grounded in the truth. Stay humble. Keep it simple.6. Pray.7. Know your stuff. Know it using secular sources - these are really the best.Use statistics, studies, and articles from the most secular places so that it isclear that we are simply stating the truth also from a scientific point of view.8. Pray.
 
9.Don’t allow anyone to polarize you. This is not an us and them fight. Weare fighting ignorance, sin, the devil, not any human power. This isespecially effective when talking about abortion. “They” need to know that you are on their side and are not pitted against anyone. You, like Christ, areon the side of man and his best interest.10. Did I mention Prayer?
CONTROVERSIAL TOPICS:Contraception:
Church Teaching CCC 2370:"every action which, whether in anticipation of the conjugal act, or in itsaccomplishment, or in the development of its natural consequences, proposes, whether as an end or as a means, to render procreation impossible" isintrinsically evil.” (Humanae Vitae, 16)“Thus the innate language that expresses the total reciprocal self-giving of husband and wife is overlaid, through contraception, by an objectively contradictory language, namely, that of not giving oneself totally to the other.This leads not only to a positive refusal to be open to life but also to afalsification of the inner truth of conjugal love, which is called upon to giveitself in personal totality. . . . The difference, both anthropological and moral, between contraception and recourse to the rhythm of the cycle . . . involves inthe final analysis two irreconcilable concepts of the human person and of human sexuality.” (Familiaris Consortio, 32) What is at the heart of contraception is ultimately not only a rejection of life but the using of another human being. Who wants to be used? Alwaysapproach it from the perspective of true love and true life.This issue will never disappear until we get to the bottom of the issue: LOVE.Love does not use others. Chastity is presented as a way to truly love someoneand not use them for pleasure: if they are married or unmarried. No one wants to be used.Point out the Church’s teaching on Natural Family Planning: 99.8% of couples who practice it stay together. 50% of couples who contracept, divorce. Thatalone should show you.

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