Monday, June 23, 2008

How not to judge, from Saint Augustine

I know I've blogged this before, but it bears repeating. It has to do with Jesus' words in today's Gospel:

Or how can you say to your brother, `Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when there is the log in your own eye?

Saint Augustine has some practical advice on how to avoid judging others. It's based on the premise that "a thief thinks that everyone else is a thief."

"Try to acquire those virtues which you think your brothers lack," says Augustine in Enarrationes In Psalmos, "and you will longer see their defects, because you will not have them yourselves."

Very cool.