Mouth shut, ears open can make the world a better place, pope says

| Carol Glatz | March 13, 2017 | 3 Comments

People need to listen more if they want there to be peace in the world, Pope Francis said.

Open “ears are missing, there’s a lack of people who know how to listen,” which is essential before there can be dialogue, he said during an audience March 11 with volunteers for a national help hotline, Telefono Amico Italia.

“If only there were more dialogue — true dialogue, that is — in families, in the workplace, in politics, so many issues would be more easily resolved,” he told members of the association, which was celebrating its 50th anniversary.

The helpline offers “an important service,” the pope said, especially given the degree of isolation and indifference that exists in the world, particularly in large cities.

So much communication, he said, is increasingly “virtual and less personal,” and the culture stresses “having and appearances” over solid values.

Listening is not a very common occurrence, he said. It requires being quiet — “mouth shut” — as well as being patient and attentive, he said.

God himself is the perfect example of a good listener, so take a cue from him when listening to someone in need, the pope added.

This attitude of listening pushes people to “break down walls of misunderstanding, build bridges of communication, overcoming isolation and being closed up in one’s own little world,” he said.

Through dialogue, people with differences can start to see the other, not as a threat, but as “a gift of God,” who asks to be heard.

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  • DebraBrunsberg

    I do agree with Pope Francis. More listening and less talking. It is amazing how speaking without thinking can confuse and ever anger people. When one has spoken in a manner that causes great confusion, they should always be willing to set aside their pride to clarify things and, ” break down the walls of understanding, build bridges of communication, overcoming isolation and being closed up in one’s own little world. “

    • tschraad

      Debra Brunsberg, I agree. Yet the Pope said “Through dialogue, people with differences can start to see the other, not as a threat, but as “a gift of God,”

      Now if Pope Francis would only practice what he preaches, a lot of confusion that he has created would be clarified.

      Why doesn’t he speak and answer just 5 questions that many Cardinals want answered so they can shepherd the flonck that has been e

      • DebraBrunsberg

        I wish I had an answer for you, but the Pope does not reveal his thoughts to me. What I see is what appears to be a direct decision to ignore and change the teachings of Christ in the area of divorce, remarriage without an annulment, adultery etc. Is this deliberate? I cannot say, but Pope Francis has refused to respond to faithful Cardinals whose concern is where it should be, on the flock they shepherd. Pope Francis, by his silence, gives the impression that this confusion, this change, is his plan. I guess that is why it kind of funny that he would give this homily when he himself is in the greatest need of dialogue, with and for the laity. Pray for all of those who are not formed in the faith and who can be easily led astray. Pray that Catholics will follow the words of Jesus Christ before anyone else.