MUST not rely too much upon ourselves, for grace and understanding are often
lacking in us. We have but little inborn light, and this we quickly lose through
negligence. Often we are not aware that we are so blind in heart. Meanwhile we
do wrong, and then do worse in excusing it. At times we are moved by passion,
and we think it zeal. We take others to task for small mistakes, and overlook
greater ones in ourselves. We are quick enough to feel and brood over the things
we suffer from others, but we think nothing of how much others suffer from us.
If a man would weigh his own deeds fully and rightly, he would find little cause
to pass severe judgment on others.
interior man puts the care of himself before all other concerns, and he who
attends to himself carefully does not find it hard to hold his tongue about
others. You will never be devout of heart unless you are thus silent about the
affairs of others and pay particular attention to yourself. If you attend wholly
to God and yourself, you will be little disturbed by what you see about you.
are your thoughts when they are not upon yourself? And after attending to
various things, what have you gained if you have neglected self? If you wish to
have true peace of mind and
will make great progress if you keep yourself free from all temporal cares, for
to value anything that is temporal is a great mistake. Consider nothing great,
nothing high, nothing pleasing, nothing acceptable, except God Himself or that
which is of God. Consider the consolations of creatures as vanity, for the soul
that loves God scorns all things that are inferior to Him. God alone, the
eternal and infinite, satisfies all, bringing comfort to the soul and true joy
to the body.