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LET’S NOT EXAGGERATE THE “WITH NO IFS OR BUTS”…

BY BRO MARIANO DI VITO, Ofm Cap.


“If” and “but,”  are the words possibly most frequently used in our delightful Italian language. Every assertion, proposal, assurance, resolution, and outcome… depending on the person’s convictions  and possible personal gain are all inevitably preceded by an “if” or a “but.” This capacity to make distinctions and foresee other viewpoints,  I consider part of the essential complexity and  non-uniformity of things  and  most especially of man.To shield ourselves however, in the “ifs” of far off and impossible realisations, or to relinquish anything good and beautiful happening with the “buts” prompted by our doubts in our neighbour, means almost always a fixation in prejudices or a past that can never  return or a future that is just illusory, and so just an excuse for our not doing anything here and now, in the circumstances we find ourselves.However, as well as the over use of these two words, I think it is equally vital  to avoid  using that expression, “with no ifs or buts!” which is also used a lot today.This is not  because I do not think that there are circumstances and moments in everyone’s life  that need clear and decisive choices, even at...

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