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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 )

 

The Martyrdom of Mary

By Paul Kwok

 

In another article that I have written, ‘Five over Five’, I mentioned that my youngest friend is a 5-year-old girl whose name is Cierra.

 

In the last school year when she went to school every day, she had to walk on the sidewalk in front of a church before she arrived at school.  There is a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary in front of the church.  Every morning when Cierra was there when she was on her way to school, her mom would remind her, ‘Let’s say good morning to Mary.’  After greeting the statue of Holy Mary for many days, gradually Cierra began to love Holy Mary.

 

A couple of weeks ago, Cierra’s mom said to me, ‘Cierra has a question for you.’  Wondering what she wanted to ask me, I went to see Cierra and she asked, ‘Why was Mary covered with seven swords on her body?’  I asked her where she had seen Mary being covered with seven swords, she said she had seen a picture with seven swords on Mary’s body on a book at her grandma’s home.

 

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