13th April

Blind Spots

Why do you point out the speck in the other person’s eye and pay no attention to the log in your own eye? … First, take the log out of your own eye, and then you will be able to see clearly to take the speck out of the other person’s eye. Matthew 7: 3, 5

Even the best and holiest of people have stubborn areas in their lives. Perhaps a person eats or drinks to excess and refuses to restrain their appetite; perhaps a person has a quick and harsh temper and refuses to restrain their anger; perhaps a person needs to be the leader in every situation, and cannot take advice or criticism, nor defer to the better judgement of others.

Compared with the other areas in which a person is good and holy, these stubborn areas may seem quite trivial. Yet if they remain unchecked they can corrode a person’s soul and blot their record.
Pelagius To a mature Christian

O Saviour of the human race
O true physician of every disease
O heart-pitier and assister of all misery
O fount of true purity and true knowledge

O star-like sun
O guiding light
O home of the planets
O fiery-maned and marvellous one

O holy scholar of holy strength
O overflowing, loving, silent one
O generous and thunderous giver of gifts
O rock-like warrior of a hundred hosts
Attributed to St. Ciaran (adapted)