Self Examination Instead of Judging

“You must look at your own conscience and judge yourself. This is your duty, and your most beneficial pursuit. This is your duty – but is it easily carried out? Will you ever reach the point of correctly judging yourself? Study a bit, and you will find out that, in the face of a multitude of cares about your own sins, you will find no time to take up the sins of others. Study a bit, and you will learn that a great deal of attention, labor, self-compulsion, and time are needed to discern the sins of your emotions, your imaginings, your thoughts, your desires, your intentions, your tongue, your sight and hearing, and your sense of touch. Go, study a bit more, and you will learn that if you know your own weaknesses and faults well, you will not be able to bring yourself to cast a severe sentence upon the deeds of others.” – St. Philaret of Chernigov

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