You cannot be too gentle, too kind.
Shun even to appear harsh in your treatment of each other.
Joy, radiant joy, streams from the face of him who gives and kindles joy in the heart of him who receives.
All condemnation is from the devil. Never condemn each other…
Instead of condemning others, strive to reach inner peace.
Keep silent, refrain from judgment. This will raise you above the deadly arrows of slander, insult, and outrage and will shield your glowing hearts against all evil.
— St. Seraphim of Sarov
I’ve spent the past month or so really thinking about this. I’m not sure I’m man enough to “keep silent” — it seems close to impossible for me to keep my mouth shut at times, even when it would be in my best interest to “refrain from judgment”.
It is almost as if St Seraphim wrote this as s gentle rebuke specifically for me.