Fr. John Doe
“Bill, a fine gentleman, taught me something I’ve never forgotten. ‘Father,’ he said, ‘you will do a great deal of good in a great many places. As a Catholic priest and an alcoholic, you can be instrumental in helping alcoholics wherever you go. But remember this — no matter how well you do, no matter how much you help others or how many you help, no matter what you say or how you say it, no matter what happens — you can’t and won’t please everyone. Wherever you go and whatever you do, someone will find a way to criticize you.
“‘You must take the criticism, no matter how unjustified, with tolerance and forbearance. Remember that resentments can lead to trouble, so you must work doubly hard not to harbor them. Don’t ever let anything bother you. I have taken criticism from unexpected sources many times since we began this program, and so will you. Just let it roll off your back like water off a duck’s, and you’ll be all right.”