Don’t be afraid to ignore yourself

According to the Life of the Elder Moses of Optina, a troubled monk visited the elder, seeking his counsel."Batiushka," he said, "there is a thought that is bothering me a lot.""And what does your thought say to you, brother?" asked the elder."Well, Batiushka, my thought says to me that you're not doing this right, and you're not doing that right. . . ."The elder sat quietly and listened while the monk went on at some length about the remembrance of his failures and the … [Read more...]