Another thing that distracts us is the lust of vindication. St Augustine prayed “O Lord, deliver me from this lust of always vindicating myself.” That temper of mind destroys the soul’s faith in God. “I must explain myself; I must get people to understand.” Our Lord never explained anything; He left mistakes to correct themselves. When we discern that people are not going on spiritually and allow the discernment to turn to criticism, we block our way to God. God never gives us discernment in order that we may criticize, but that we may intercede.
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Excellent, thanks, and here I have been pushing Francis Chan, Brennan Manning. Those folks of yore have some wisdom to mine also.