The Apostolate of the Ear arose out of my growing concern over the seeming growth and pervasiveness of division and polarization both in society at large and in the Church. Such division is no doubt hyperbolized by rigid ideologues on both the right and the left, but I don’t believe that we should thereby dismiss it as totally fabricated or underestimate its significance. We must see it for what it is, with all its deleterious effects, and then work to bring healing to the divide. To do this will require practicing what Pope Francis has called “the apostolate of the ear,” which simply means “listening” or “listening before speaking” (Pope Franics, Holy Mass for the Closing of the XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops).
That is why I started this little blog–or, if you will, this “apostolate.” My prayer is that it will be a source of blessing for you, leading you to the God who is both truth (John 14:16) and love (1 John 4:8).