The urge to reply

One of the constants in social media is terrible things.

Not lame humor, odd fan fiction, cat videos on 10-hour endless loops. But intentionally hurtful things. Astoundingly vicious things. Things no one would ever say in person.

But you already know that.

Maybe you’re like me and you have to fight (not always successfully, I’m ashamed to say) the urge to reply in kind. With something cutting or sarcastic that hits right where it hurts the most. Because sometimes it’s

Just. So. Bad. 

I bring this up because the other day Pope Francis dropped a little Christianity 101 on his Twitter @Pontifex – “Jesus reveals the love-filled face of God.

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So far so good. Then I made the mistake of reading some of the comments. 

They were horrible.

Just like they are for every one of his Tweets. But he keeps coming back.

Always with the same love. Always with the same focus on God. 

How very Christ-like. 

The perfect model for me. When I get the urge to reply.