"Do you not know that God's kindness to you is an invitation to you to repent?" - Rom. 2:4
Forty years ago this year I experienced a profound, life changing conversion...
But it was only the beginning. Since then... Well, as I look back, all I see is infidelity and failings more numerous than I would like to relate. I've dedicated this year to the work of conversion, since time is short, the day is far spent... although I don't like to admit it.
Anyway, I found the following, which might help me to be more intent upon trying to remove the log in my own eye, as opposed to my misguided attempts to remove the speck from my brother's eye...
"If you want to be a true, zealous son of the Church, you can do so in fulfillment of the commandments of the Gospel in regard to your neighbor.
Do not dare to convict him.To correct your neighbor in this way is not an act of faith, but of foolish zeal, self-opinion and pride. Poeman the Great was asked, 'What is faith?' The great man replied that faith consists in remaining in humility and showing mercy; that is to say, in humbling oneself before one's neighbors and forgiving them all discourtesies and offences, all their sins.
Do not dare to teach him.
Do not dare to condemn or reproach him.
As foolish zealots make out that faith is the prime cause of their zeal, they must express themselves in humility regarding our neighbors and in mercy towards them. Let us leave the work of judging and convicting people to those persons whose shoulders is laid the duty of judging and ruling their brethren.
'He who is moved by false zeal', said St. Isaac the Syrian, 'is suffering from a severe disorder. O man, you who think to use your zeal against the infirmities of others, you have renounced the health of your own soul. You had better bestow your care on the healing of yourself, and if you want to heal the sick, know that the sick need nursing, rather than reprimand... 'You who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak' (Rom. 15:1) ... 'Correct a sinner in a spirit of meekness and gentleness.' (Gal. 6:1)" - The Arena
Art: Christ liberating the prisoners of Dachau. This is behind the altar in the Resurrection chapel built by the Russian Orthodox Church on the grounds of Dachau. I posted it because I like it and it expresses a certain hope and confidence in the Divine Mercy, and the power of the Resurrection.