What is tolerance?

The Emperor summons before him Bodhidharma and asks: “Master, I have been tolerant of innumerable gays, lesbians, bisexuals, asexuals, blacks, Hispanics, Asians, transgender people, and Jews. How many Tolerance Points have I earned for my meritorious deeds?”

Bodhidharma answers: “None at all”.

The Emperor, somewhat put out, demands to know why not.

Bodhidharma asks: “Well, what do you think of gay people?”

The Emperor answers: “What do you think I am, some kind of homophobic bigot? Of course I have nothing against gay people!”

And Bodhidharma answers: “Thus do you gain no merit by tolerating them!”

Scott Alexander, “I Can Tolerate Anything Except the Outgroup“, slatestarcodex.com, September 30, 2014.

Exactly so. Thus, the Catholic Church considers homosexual acts gravely sinful (Catechism 2357), nevertheless since it also teaches that homosexuals “must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity” and that “Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided” (Catechism 2358), it is being genuinely tolerant.

The modes of God’s presence

“As the presence of God does not come within our direct experience in its infinite essence, if we are to enter into divine communion and fellowship, it is necessary that God should manifest Himself to us in special and limited modes of presence. Such presence is relative. Thus God vouchsafes (a) a presence in glory to the hosts of heaven; (b) a presence of efficiency in nature; (c) a providential presence in human affairs; (d) an attentive presence to His worshippers and petitioners; (e) a judicial presence in our consciences; (f) a bodily presence in the Incarnate Son; (g) a mystical presence in the Church and her means of grace; (h) an official presence with His ministers; (i) a sacramental presence in the Holy Eucharist.”

The Being and Attributes of God, Francis J. Hall, D.D., New York:Longmans, 1918, p. 288.