Q. How can I react to constant criticism in the manner that Jesus would expect?
Mary, via e-mail
A. Here is a reply from Father Francis Hoffman, J.C.D.:
A lot depends on the nature of the criticism, and a lot depends on your personal level of holiness. While Jesus establishes a high bar for our behavior with His teachings at the Sermon on the Mount (Do unto others, turn the other cheek, etc., etc.), His own reactions varied depending on the circumstances and the issue at hand.
I have a friend who quips “no good deed goes unpunished.” It’s an ironic statement, but we always get a good chuckle from it.
If you are having a difficult time putting up with criticism, it’s time for you to turn to the assiduous practice of mental prayer and contemplate the passion of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Any of our sufferings in this life pale in comparison with what Our Lord suffered. So that’s my recommendation: practice mental prayer.