In Lieu of Sunday School

I came across this sage advice from Saint Francis de Sales (1567-1622) in Joseph Goldstein’s book, The Experience of Insight.  What if we could really internalize the truth of the last two sentences?

Be patient with everyone, but above all with yourself. I mean do not be disheartened by your imperfections, but always rise up with fresh courage. I am glad you make a fresh beginning daily. There is no better means of attainment to the spiritual life than by continually beginning again, and never thinking that we have done enough. How are we to be patient in dealing with our neighbour’s faults if we are impatient in dealing with our own? He who is fretted by his own failings will not correct them. All profitable correction comes from a calm and peaceful mind.

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