Whispering about the faults of others ….

P1050175“Believe me, the pest of religious communities is judging the actions of others and losing sight of one’s own. Interpreting the actions of others in a bad light, whispering about the faults of others, murmuring, reporting what you think about one another, oh, what a pest this is! Oh, what ruin that causes in poor communities! True humility always finds vices in self and had no chance to look at others’ actions. It makes us solicitous to wipe out every vicious thing that is displeasing in the eyes of God. Moreover true humility of heart makes me know and believe that there is no one in the world worse than I, how could it ever allow me to judge another whom I hold to be better and more holy?”

(Letter of St. Paul of the Cross to Passionist Religious, 2nd May 1750)

[Photo – Statue of St. Paul of the Cross in the grounds of the Retreat House, Isola del Gran Sasso, Italy]

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