Friday, October 15, 2021

Teresa: disturbed by trivia

Friday, October 15, 2021
    Feast of Teresa of Avila, Mystic, Teacher, 1582
    Brothers, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it.
    —James 4:11 (NIV)
    Our souls may lose their peace and even disturb other people’s, if we are always criticizing trivial actions which often are not real defects at all, but we construe them wrongly through our ignorance of their motives.
    ... Teresa of Avila (1515-1582), The Interior Castle [1577], tr., E. Allison Peers, Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1961, p. 51 (see the book)
    See also Jas. 4:11-12; Luke 6:37-38; John 8:7
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, silence my critical tongue.
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