your attention upon yourself and beware of judging the deeds
of other men, for in judging
others a man labors vainly, often makes mistakes, and easily
sins; whereas, in judging and taking
stock of himself he does something that is always profitable.
frequently judge that things are as we wish them to be, for
through personal feeling true
perspective is easily lost.
God were the sole object of our desire, we should not be disturbed
so easily by opposition
to our opinions. But often something lurks within or happens
from without to draw us along with
unawares, seek themselves in the things they do. They seem
even to enjoy peace of mind
when things happen according to their wish and liking, but
if otherwise than they desire, they are
soon disturbed and saddened. Differences of feeling and opinion
often divide friends and
acquaintances, even those who are religious and devout.
old habit is hard to break, and no one is willing to be led
farther than he can see.
you rely more upon your intelligence or industry than upon
the virtue of submission to Jesus
Christ, you will hardly, and in any case slowly, become an
enlightened man. God wants us to be
completely subject to Him and, through ardent love, to rise
above all human wisdom.