Tag Archives: Hypocrisy

St. John Cassian: If you want to correct your brother . . .

Icon of St. John Cassian“If you want to correct your brother when he is doing wrong, you must keep yourself calm; otherwise you yourself may catch the sickness you are seeking to cure and you may find that the words of the Gospel now apply to you, ‘Why do you look at the speck of dust in your brother’s eye, and not notice the rafter in your own eye?'”

— St. John Cassian, Philiokalia, Vol 1

Elder Leonid of Optina: If you would be simple-hearted like the Apostles . . .

Picture of Elder Leonid of Optina“If you would be simple-hearted like the Apostles, would not conceal your human shortcomings, would not pretend to be especially pious, if you would walk free from hypocrisy, then that is the path. While it is easy, not everyone can find it or understand it. This path is the shortest way to salvation and attracts the grace of God. Unpretentiousness, guilelessness, frankness of soul – this is what is pleasing to the Lord, Who is lowly of heart. Except ye become like children, ye shall not enter into the Kingdom of God (Matt. 18:13).”

+ Elder Leonid of Optina