Rev Fr. Louis Gambaro was one of my spiritual directors when I was a young man. This saintly priest passed on in 1997. Suffering from debility, he was bedridden most of the time shortly before he passed on. When his friends came to visit him at the hospital where he spent his final days, he always reminded them to tolerate.
Tolerance is a virtue. Without patience and love, it is hard to be tolerant of other people’s interests and preferences, especially when these interests and preferences do not appeal to us. In our daily life, there are ample chances when we can practice the virtue of tolerance. Some of these chances come from our coworkers, friends, or from the members of our very own family. But when the Word of God has been distorted or misrepresented, should we tolerate the errors and fallacy? Not according to the Bible which is the ultimate authority on right and wrong, and not according to St. Peter who said, “Venerate the Lord, that is, Christ, in your hearts. Should anyone ask you the reason for this hope of yours, be ever ready to reply.” ( 1 Peter 3:15 )