People are fragile, especially in their feelings. And all too often we Catholics insult others when kindness is called for.
Sometimes sarcasm is the culprit, and, honestly this author has often been guilty of that sin. The sin of disrespect for a child created by God is at issue in this case. Whatever the cause for sarcasm, it would be better to not allow ourselves that sort of hurtful expression.
As we think about it, when is sarcasm ever really correct, helpful, or kind. Feel free to correct me, but I just don't think sarcasm is an act of love. If that is true, then sarcasm violates the greatest commandment by not loving our neighbor, ourselves, or our Creator, God. So is anything ever worthy of sarcasm?
The next time somebody cuts us off in traffic, how about we whisper a little prayer. "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do. Amen."
The next time a waiter spills coffee on your table or lap, ask: "Are you okay?"
If we who are old enough to read this article would practice respect for others, maybe our kids would not become bullies. Maybe we coul help others see the Way of forgiveness.
Actually, disrespect of another is a sin according to at least one examination of conscience. Not just that, but disrespect can be really hurtful in profound ways. For example, news reports claim that teen suicide (especially among girls) is the result of "bullying."
We might be only able to save one life by setting a truly Catholic example, but wouldn't that be a grand prize?
More Catholic example, less criticism of others, more prayerful Confession and Communion for the intention of governing loose lips and unruly tongues are acts that guarantee a better world even if it's just one person, ourself, who getts better.
And, maybe in the process, we will become less fragile as well.