By Michael P Murphy
Classrooms are places to learn the art of dialogue. We have solid resources, such as Ignatius Loyola’s advice to the Jesuits at the Council of Trent in 1546, which includes this pedagogical gold: Spirituality of Citizenship 101:
- learn the surpassing worth of conversation; be slow of speech;
- pay attention to the whole person;
- understand the meaning, learnings, and wishes of those who speak;
- be free of prejudice; argue from authority cautiously;
- quote important persons only if arranged beforehand;
- consider the reasons on both sides without showing attachment to your own opinion;
- be modest when you are certain;
- choose to speak at the other’s convenience even when certain;
- give conversation the time that it needs.
Ignatian adds that
Click here for the full text "Dealing With Others," Ignatius's Letter to Fathers Attending the Council of Trent in 1546.