Saturday, February 19, 2011

another reason to work for interior peace

found this over at Molly's today:

"You cannot be too gentle, too kind. Shun even to appear harsh in your treatment of each other. Joy, radiant joy, streams from the face of him who gives and kindles joy in the heart of him who receives. All condemnation is from the devil. Never condemn each other. We condemn others only because we shun knowing ourselves. When we gaze at our own failings, we see such a swamp that nothing in another can equal it. That is why we turn away, and make much of the faults of others. Instead of condemning others, strive to reach inner peace. Keep silent, refrain from judgement. This will raise you above the deadly arrows of slander, insult and outrage and will shield your glowing hearts against all evil."

           —St Seraphim of Sarov


  1. yes and no. makes me wonder what this saint knew of systemic, prolonged abuse. but outside this, yes. probably.

  2. wait, wait, wait! Slow down on the posting! I have so many smart aleck and semi-serious comments to make! Must find a moment when my brain is not mush...