March 15, 2020

for everyday life … 03

Sr. M. Renata Zürrlein, Deutschland

“It is worthwhile looking into one’s own life. The failures that others have, we also have in seed. We can perhaps more easily cover them up. I am simply human and nothing human is far from me.

When a person has learned to know his own weakness and knows what a person can do to bear with them, then he also understand more easily how to show others the way.”

September 4-8, 1950


Jesus makes the point crystal clear: “Why do you see the splinter in your brother’s eye but do not notice the beam in your own eye.” (Mt. 7, 3)  He apparently knows us very well and looks through us. But basically that is good for us when there is someone there who knows us through and through.

Therefore let us keep our eyes open for our own “beam”. Then we will be more merciful and kind toward others.

What failures that upset me in others, have I not yet overcome within myself?

Do I have the right “view of the beam” which honestly evaluates the failures and weaknesses in myself and others?