The errors of others don’t make you right; Church Fathers: Day 088

pseudo-dionysius_spotlightSo you’ve proved that someone else’s opinion is wrong. Well, that doesn’t mean you’re right, says our author (writing under the name of Dionysius, a character in the New Testament). You could both be wrong. There are many falsehoods but only one truth.

Do not imagine that it is a victory, holy Sopatros, to have denounced a devotion, or an opinion, that apparently is not good. Even if you have denounced it accurately, that does not mean that the teachings of Sopatros must consequently be good. For it is possible that both you and others, whilst occupied in many things that are false and apparent, should overlook the true, which is One and hidden. For neither, if anything is not red, is it therefore white, nor if something is not a horse, is it necessarily a man.

But this is what you will do, if you follow my advice: you will cease indeed to speak against others, but will so speak on behalf of truth, that every thing said is altogether unquestionable. Pseudo-Dionysius, Letter 6

IN GOD’S PRESENCE, CONSIDER . . .

When I get into arguments, do I possess the humility to consider the possibility that I might be wrong?

CLOSING PRAYER

Father, touch my heart with your love, so that I may turn in love to my neighbors as a wit­ness of the joy of the Gospel.


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