I had a question about fraternal correction that I submitted at the national diakonia of Communion and Liberation. I had been really hoping that my question would be chosen, so I could hear what light Father Carron might shed on his exhortation to all of us that we should be constantly correcting each other, and I was tremendously disappointed when it seemed that he didn't answer me.
But after transcribing my notes from his final synthesis, then reading them again several times, I had a sudden realization -- the question had been addressed and answered and enlarged upon during the entire Diakonia. Sometimes I am so dense! It is because when I read the word "correction," I assumed it meant that we're supposed to correct each other's bad theology, moral inconsistency, misunderstandings and misapplication of doctrine. But this is not what Father Carron means at all -- by "correction," he means to remind each other, constantly, that "even the hairs of your head are numbered." As Don Giuss said, a true friend is the one who asks us, "What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul?" It is the constant reminder that we must give to one another that we do not make ourselves -- that there is another who generates me in every moment.
[When we have difficulties, we have to remember to face] this situation with Christ in my eyes, looking at the difficulties and repeating [that] even the hairs of your head are numbered. But many times when we are in the bottom of our nothingness we forget this and we need somebody, some witness that can gaze on our life with the life of Christ and this -- it's not possible to do alone.
This is why we need friends -- friends who will witness to the true value of our lives.