Uncle Eddy's E-mail -- May 9
(entered heaven 348)
I was able to see the tape of your debate with the fundamentalists. Quite impressive. You obviously did your homework. Congratulations. Nevertheless, as your devoted uncle, I have to issue you a sincere warning: your vast knowledge of the faith will do absolutely no good to anyone (not even yourself) unless it is undergirded with an equally vast love for your neighbor. As St Paul put it: "And if I have the gift of prophecy and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge; if I have all faith so as to move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing." (1Corinthians 13:2) Wield your wit, your knowledge, and your rhetorical flair not in order to emerge as a prominent apologist, but in order to win more friends for Christ. St Francis de Sales used to say that a single drop of honey would attract more flies than a whole barrel of vinegar; I fear that your performance in the debate was of the barrel variety. We can simply never overestimate the impact of the simplest act of true Christian charity. Take today´s saint, for instance.
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