I find it so sad when a person comes to this forum, seeking answers and keeps getting bashed. I know we are all human, but when I start to write uncharitable posts, I take time off. The humble Christian should always assume the “tone” is honest and seeking. Even if the one posting is not honest and is “baiting”, there is a huge unseen and unheard from audience that is reading. And they see questions that they may have posted, honest questions they have one their heart, and see a person being ripped to shreds.
One can be honest, direct, but not fall into accussations. One can “know” that the person one talks to is a nasty person who is not being honest, but still respond charitably OR choose NOT to respond.
We Catholics here on this forum are sometimes the only Catholics people have ever “talked” to. Do we want people to leave here knowing we have reflected Christ’s love, or leave with a bad feeling, and have many years before they listen to the leading of the Holy Spirit and seek out the truth again?
This is NOT a criticism of those who have a more abrupt style. We all hear things in different ways. Some need the abrupt words others need them wrapped in pretty fabric. God’s glory is seen through everyone.
But I do think there is a general, tired feeling on this board lately of, “How many times do I have to refute these lies?” It is coming out by personal attacks on new posters who are just asking questions. Do some honest people come from sites with questions about the church that are gross distorted lies? Of course. But that does not neccessarily mean they came here just wishing to spout these lies. I know sometimes when I search for answers online, if I type in certain key phrases, I get absolutely no Catholic sites. We should thank God that they actually made it to a place where the truth can be told.
God uses us to plant seeds. Rarely, will we see the seed grow into a huge fruit tree. Patience my friends. Patience and Perseverence.
Your Catholic sister in Christ,