Today in my Desert Spirituality Sunday school class, we heard what the monks have to say about judgement. Throughout the entirety of this class, my emotions ranged from conviction to relief.
You know, I've judged.
I've been judged.
And as my delightful Sunday school teachers says, God is good at judging. We are not. So, let's not do it.
Well, I think that is pretty wise. Don't you?
Since I'm a little overwhelmed with planning my class for Monday morning and currently it is late Sunday night, I'm leaving with you some quotes by the Abbas and the Ammas, or the monks, in other words.
Let me know what you think...
Abba Poeman said that Abba Paphnutius used to say, "During the whole lifetime of the old me, I used to go to see them twice a month, although it was a distance of twelve miles. I told them my thoughts and they never answered me anything but this, 'Wherever you go, do not judge yourself and you will be at peace.'"
Abba Theodore also said, "If you are temperate, do not judge the fornicator, for you would then transgress the law just as much. And he who said, 'Do not commit fornication,' also said, 'Do not judge.'"
A brother asked the same old man (Abba Euprepius), "'How does the fear of God dwell in the soul?" The old man said, 'If a man is possessed of humility and poverty, and if he does not judge others, the fear of God will come to him.'"
Alright -- discuss.
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