Orthodox Thought for the Day


Saturday, June 23, 2012

On criticism and God's grace

A spiritual father-confessor named Benjamin, when a person had come to him for confession was talking about others and criticizing his brothers, would send the “penitent” away until he could correct himself and change his attitude.  The most simple monk, Elder David, would tell his visitors about this kind of criticism: “Be careful, do not say one person does this and the other does that.  If you do so, you lose Christ’s grace.  Even if you see a person acting like an ass, do not criticize.  Love your neighbor as you would your own self.  This is what Christ tells us to do.” 

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