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2013 August 18 - Not Passing Judgment on Others

Passing judgment on others is always a sign that one has not yet encountered oneself. Hence pious individuals who become incensed over others have not yet encountered their own truth. Their piety has not yet confronted them with themselves and their own sin. For as Father Moses says: “If anyone is bearing his sins, he does not look on those of his neighbors.”

But for the monks refusing to pass judgment is not only a criterion for genuine asceticism; it’s also a help in finding one’s inner peace. When we stop condemning others, that does us good. (page 53)


Heaven Begins Within You: Wisdom from the Desert Fathers
by Anselm Gruen