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A Word Fitly Spoken
www.countypressonline.com ^ | 09/03/2003 | By Salvatore M. Riccio

Posted on 09/04/2003 6:23:34 AM PDT by Tribune7

In one of the Gospel stories, Jesus gives the gift of sight to a blind man. Since we are not blind, we might think that the Gospel story has no relevance for us. In fact, it is because we can see that it has relevance for us. The question is: How well do we see?

Because of his faith, the blind man, in a sense, saw things more clearly than the people who had physical sight.

To see well, good eyesight alone is not sufficient. We must not think that blindness is an illness that affects the eyes only. There are many terms of blindness besides physical blindness. In some ways these are just as crippling. Father Flor McCarthy gives some examples:

Selfishness blinds us to the needs of others.

Insensitivity blinds us to the equal dignity of others.

Pride blinds us to our own faults.

Prejudice blinds us to the truth.

Hurry blinds us to the beauty of the world around us.

Superficiality blinds us to a person's true worth and causes us to judge by appearances.

And I might add:

Ignorance blinds us to the fact that our opinion is not always the truth.

Inconvenience blinds us to our roles of responsibility.

(Excerpt) Read more at zwire.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: blindness
Father Ricco is pastor of St. Francis Parish in Springfield, Delaware County, Pa.
1 posted on 09/04/2003 6:23:34 AM PDT by Tribune7
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To: Temple Owl
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2 posted on 09/04/2003 6:23:49 AM PDT by Tribune7
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3 posted on 09/04/2003 6:24:15 AM PDT by Tribune7
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To: Tribune7
What would the ACLU say about this post?
4 posted on 09/04/2003 7:18:01 AM PDT by Temple Owl
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To: Tribune7
Good post.
5 posted on 09/04/2003 9:36:29 AM PDT by baseballmom
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To: Tribune7
Excerpting blinds us to the whole article. No need to excerpt from this site.
6 posted on 09/04/2003 9:39:13 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: Tribune7
When you go to the link to read the entire article (which is worth doing), don't miss the chance to vote on Arlen Specter's effectiveness in the "Reader's Poll". Currently the numbers are 5% positive, 95% negative.
7 posted on 09/04/2003 10:01:21 AM PDT by Senator_Blutarski
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To: baseballmom
Remember to hit the poll on Arlen Specter. :-)
8 posted on 09/04/2003 3:37:41 PM PDT by Tribune7
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To: SkyPilot
Go back to the site and hit the poll on Arlen Specter.
9 posted on 09/04/2003 3:38:18 PM PDT by Tribune7
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To: Senator_Blutarski
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10 posted on 09/04/2003 3:38:40 PM PDT by Tribune7
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