Skip to comments.St. Francis de Sales on Hasty Judgement (on His Traditional Feast Day)
Posted on 01/29/2007 6:54:49 AM PST by Pyro7480
"'Judge not, that you may not be judged' were our Saviour's words. Rash judgements are most displeasing to God. Men's judgements are rash, because we are not one other's judges but usurp our Lord's right.
But it is necessary to judge ourselves. St. Paul says, 'If we judged ourselves truly, we should not be judged' (1 Cor. 11:31).
We must ask why we make rash judgements. Some of us are naturally bitter and harsh, and we could do with sound spiritual advice, because this imperfection is hard to overcome.
Some judge harshly out of pride, putting themselves up by putting others down. Some view the faults of others with complacency in order to enhance their own virtues. Others judge by feeling, thinking well of those they like, and ill of those they dislike. Jealousy, fear, ambition, and other weaknesses tend to excite rash judgement.
The remedy is charity. Rash judgement is a spiritual jaundice which makes things appear evil. The cure is to apply love. If your heart is gentle, your judgement will be gentle; if it is loving, so will your judgement be."
-Introduction to the Devout Life
Words to live by!
I love St. Francis de Sales...his sermons still speak clearly and well of how to live as a committed Christian.
One of the greatest books on Catholic spirituality and the first book I received from an extraordinary priest (+R.I.P.) upon my return to the Faith.
Perhaps we should adopt St. Francis de Sales as the Patron Saint of the FR Catholic Caucus.
Saint Francis de Sales,
Bishop & Doctor of the Church
Portrait of St. Francis de Sales by J. J. Owens (early 20th century)
St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622) born in Thorens, Savoy, in France, was Bishop of Geneva; here he fought Calvinism vigorously. With St. Jane de Chantal, he founded the Order of the Visitation. He wrote Introduction to the Devout Life, a classic of spiritual direction. He died in Lyons and was canonized in 1665. In 1877, Pius IX proclaimed him Doctor of the Church. Pius XI declared him patron of journalists and other writers.
Source: Daily Roman Missal, Edited by Rev. James Socías, Midwest Theological Forum, Chicago, Illinois ©2003
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