What (Not) to Do with Criticism

When we receive criticism from someone it’s easy to think that we can either put up our fists and fight it or let it defeat us. But are those really the only two options? Today, Fr. Mike walks us through the third option when being criticized and how to receive a negative comment well and with charity.

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.

He is a presenter in Ascension’s ChosenAltaration, and The 99 programs, and has a channel on Ascension Presents. He is also the host of the Ascension podcasts The Bible in a Year and The Catechism in a Year.


  1. I agree with what you had to say there about how we should handle criticism but I want to say that it was Your Twitter page and place for you to speak your opinion about the subject matter. It isn’t a place that requires someone to ask you a question to then be able to post/expound on the experience you had/topic. You aren’t “asked” to speak on all the specific christian subjects you do. That is self/spirit led. If the person has chosen to “follow you” because of the wisdom and insight you are being led to share/teach he/she should respect your opinion and intention of the heart. The individual may not agree with your position but should at least respect it. You teach us extremely valuable lessons and I personally thank you for it.

  2. Needed to hear this.


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