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On Tolerance and Truth

Love of God thus becomes the dominant passion of life; like every other worth-while love, it demands and inspires sacrifice. But the love of God and man, as an ideal, has lately been replaced by the new ideal of tolerance which inspires no sacrifices. Why should any human being in the world merely be tolerated? What man has ever made a sacrifice in the name of tolerance? It leads men, instead, to express their own egotism in a book or a lecture that patronizes the downtrodden group. One of the cruelest things that can happen to a human being is to be tolerated. Never once did Our Lord say, “Tolerate your enemies!” But He did say, “Love your enemies; do good to them that hate you” (Matt. 5:44).

—from Peace of Soul by Venerable Fulton Sheen, Ch. 9: Repression and Self-Expression

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“Tolerance” does not render objective truth untrue. The Gospel is not politically correct. Political correctness crucifies Truth.

—from Tweet Inspirations by Mark Hart

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—I have not read this book, but came across the quote from the daily Minute Meditations email sent by AmericanCatholic.org.

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Because statisticians can find 5000 living carnal lives, it is suggested that their ideal shall be made the universal ideal. An equal number of cases of lockjaw could be found in the United States; one wonders if lockjaw should therefore be made a physical standard of health? Sins do not become virtues by being widely practiced. Right is still right if nobody is right, and wrong is wrong if everybody is wrong.

—from Peace of Soul by Venerable Fulton Sheen, Ch 8: Sex and Love of God

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It is good news to know that truth is immortal. We can suppress Truth, accuse it of being a lie, condemn it, torture it, kill it, bury it in the grave but on the third day Truth will rise again. Remember this and do not give up on Truth even when everybody seems to give up on it. Do not give up on Truth; do not give up on Justice. Do not give up on doing what is right. True will always be true. Just will always be just. Right will always be right even when the world around us would have it otherwise. We must learn to believe in the sun even when it is not shining, knowing that by and by it will shine again.

—from the article Death is Not the End of the Story by Fr. Mark Pavlik

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