Conflicts are inevitable in our lives as people have different opinions, values, and desires. At work, there are times when we cannot stand the presence of a co-worker due to his or her work ethics or habits. Conflict resolution workshop are taught at the workplace. However, at church there is a great diversity of people who attends it. And it can be a place of peace or conflict. There could be differences of opinions on the how’s and who’s; disappointments regarding the leadership in ministries.  Some will feel hurt and offended because of another person’s behaviour. But we can overcome all these issues and differences with love if we listen to the teachings of Jesus.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31

Loving Thy Neighbor is the hallmark of our Catholic teachings. It is the responsibility of every one of us here to resolve conflicts. Pride and Selfishness are some of the reasons why conflicts exist.

Some steps towards resolutions:

1) Develop a proper heart attitude. Be Humble; Forgiving; Patient.

2) Evaluate your part in the conflict.

3) Have a private conversation and manifest the love that should exist among members of the community.

4)  If the other party rejects the personal approach then take one or two other community members to speak with the other party.

Conflict is best handled when individuals prayerfully and humbly focus on loving others, with the intent of restoring relationships. When we pray together in harmony and peace God is present amidst us and there is real power in the common prayer.

Kelly Gabrielle Loh