Finding Common Ground With Others

By Katie Beckmann Mahon, Communications Manager


This week’s “Embracing Faith” article will focus on Embracing Faith through Reflection.

Embracing Faith Through Community

"Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some.

I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings." -1 Corinthians 9:22-23


Last week, Sr. Barbara McEneany, OP, a Sister of Saint Dominic of Blauvelt, New York, and Director of Campus Ministry for Dominican College, participated in a Catholic Sisters Week Discussion: "How Do We Open Our Hearts To The World?"


During the discussion, Sr. Barbara reflected on various topics relevant to all of us.


"What does it mean to you to open your heart to the world?"


Sr. Barbara: "As a College Campus Minister, the biggest thing I believe we need to do everywhere, particularly in my ministry, is to be present. To immerse yourself in all areas, for people, with people, meet people, be involved in events, and be present. It's so important."

"How do you help individuals with diverse backgrounds find common ground?"


Sr. Barbara: "The one thing that brings students together is volunteer and service—also, fundraisers for needy causes. I find regardless of race, creed, or religious persuasion, people gather to make a difference where help or compassion is needed."


"How can Catholics promote a culture of peace and dialogue between each other?"


Sr. Barbara: "First and foremost, it requires respectful listening. What is that? It is the process of listening attentively while someone else speaks, reflecting on what a person says, and withholding judgment and advice. When you practice active listening, you make the other person feel heard and valued. Agreement on the issue may not happen, but total respect for the person holding an opposite position will prevail. I think that is the beginning."


"How can we inspire others to care for each other as a human family as we recover from the pandemic?"


Sr. Barbara: "I think hope is so important, especially during these times of pandemic. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Get out there and think, what else can we do? What can we give our life for today?”


To watch the full discussion on YouTube, click on the video below.


To listen to the discussion on Apple podcasts, click on the link below.


To listen to the discussion on Spotify podcasts, click on the link below.