Forget Hating the Sin, Just Love the Sinner

“Those in union with God, when aware of the sins of others, live in this gentle light. . . Therefore they are always peaceful and calm, and nothing can scandalize them because they have done away with what causes them to take scandal, their self-will. . . Even when they see something that is clearly sinful, they do not pass judgment, but rather feel a holy and genuine compassion, praying for the sinner.”
– St. Catherine of Siena

Righteous anger and moral outrage are often mistaken to be Christian virtues. “Hate the Sin, Love the Sinner,” right? I prefer, “there, but for the grace of God, go I.” When I feel righteous anger welling up within me, may I always remember that it is a call to prayer, not a call to action.

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