Conflict and Positivity

Conflict is an inevitable part of life, and it can often be challenging to stay positive when dealing with it. In the Catholic faith, there are many teachings and practices that can help individuals stay positive in the face of conflict.

First, Catholics believe in forgiveness [at least we should]. Forgiveness is a key aspect of the faith and is seen as a way to heal relationships and move forward. When dealing with conflict, it can be difficult to forgive [and often it is, as we fall into a mode of attack], but it is important to remember that forgiveness is not only beneficial to the other person but also to oneself. Forgiveness allows individuals to let go of anger and bitterness and focus on positive emotions such as love and compassion.

Second, Catholics believe in the power of prayer. Prayer is a way to communicate with God and seek guidance and strength during difficult times. When dealing with conflict, taking the time to pray and reflect on the situation can help individuals gain a clearer perspective and find inner peace [the notion of taking a step back and praying about it first]. Through prayer, individuals can ask for wisdom and discernment in how to handle the conflict in a positive way.

Third, Catholics are encouraged to practice humility. Humility involves acknowledging one’s limitations and weaknesses and recognizing the value and dignity of others. When dealing with conflict, humility can help individuals approach the situation with an open mind and a willingness to listen and learn from the other person. Instead of being defensive or confrontational [of which I personally struggle with], individuals can seek to understand the other person’s perspective and find common ground. Though common ground must be met from both sides.

Finally, Catholics believe in the power of community. Being part of a faith community can provide support, encouragement, and accountability during difficult times. When dealing with conflict, it can be helpful to seek the advice and guidance of trusted friends, family members, or spiritual leaders. These individuals can provide a listening ear, offer perspective, and provide practical advice on how to handle the conflict in a positive way.

In sum, staying positive when dealing with conflict in a Catholic perspective involves forgiveness, prayer, humility, and community. By embracing these teachings and practices, individuals can approach conflict with a positive and constructive mindset and find ways to heal relationships and move forward in a positive direction.

Pray for me as I pray for all that come into my life.

Author: Lawrence McCrobie

Lawrence McCrobie is a member of the Equesrtrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. He also serves as a Catholic Liturgist and Educator in the Midwest. Founder the Catholic Evanglization Ministry of "One Step Closer Catholic" in April of 2018.

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