Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Seriously ouch.

I've been reading St. Josemaria Escriva's The Way, a collection of fragments of his spiritual writing. It's perfect for my brain-state. But here is last night's tid-bit:

"675. It's true that he was a sinner. But don't pass so final a judgment. Have pity in your heart and don't forget that he may yet be an Augustine, while you remain just another mediocrity."

Whew. That's the best reason for "judge not" I've heard in a long while. And the best reason to remain humble.

7 comments:

Young Mom said...

Ooo, ouch is right. I like it! This sounds like the perfect type of reading for my fragmented state of mind as well.

Annita, Mom2Seven said...

My favorite quote by Mother Teresa, which is my e-mail signature line, "If you judge people, you have no time to love them."

I have been praying for you! I hope your new home is beginning to feel like home! +JMJ+

Clare@ BattlementsOfRubies said...

Wow, so true. That's really great, a very necessary reminder, thank you!

Erika said...

Thanks for the prayers, Annita! Things are starting to settle... ah, another post coming soon. :)

Rae said...

Beautiful. I think that for me the hard part would be to get to the point of instinctively praying that the other person will become an Augustine. It is sometimes difficult (for me at least!) to make sure that not judging does not equal not caring.

Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur said...

Hi Erika,

Jen told us about your blog today at Bible Study. I've added you to the list of blogs I follow. If you are ever interested, my corner of cyberspace is at http://spiritualwomanthoughts.blogspot.com

Hope to see you soom,
Patrice

Maica Kozak said...

Awesome. So glad you can still make my day - even when you're so far away and with three little ones.