Fr. Mike says there are four things you should ask yourself before expressing your opinion: why, what, who, and how.
First, evaluate why you’re expressing this thought. Is it because it’s the right thing to do, or is it because you are trying to one-up someone?
Second, what is your opinion? Is it something true, like a principal, or is it just a preference?
Third, who are you talking to and what is your relationship to this person?
Lastly, how are you expressing yourself? Even if you are totally in the right, the way you say it is of the utmost importance in order for people to listen.
If you consider these questions when expressing your opinion or trying to correct someone, you’ll be much more likely to find a willing listener.
Check out the “2020 Vision” Young Adult Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Fr. Mike and Jeff Cavins at jeffcavins.com
Meet Fr. Mike Schmitz
Fr. Mike Schmitz serves as Director of youth and young adult ministry for the Diocese of Duluth and as chaplain for the Newman Catholic Campus Ministry at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.