Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Father Leo’s Daily Meditation #essentialsofrecovery

HYPOCRISY

“Hypocrisy: prejudice with a halo.”


— Ambrose Bierce

As a religious person I could be such a hypocrite. I thought that my “goodness” was dependent upon my judging others to be inferior. I was always putting other people down so that I could appear terrific.

But a part of me always knew this was wrong. I ignored the religious teaching that emphasized forgiveness and acceptance and instead focused on judgment and condemnation. It was all part of my sickness. Inside I was hurting and feeling guilty but I hid these feelings with a mask of hypocrisy and respectability.

Today I do not need to do this. I have a religion that can accept the non-religious and rejoice in the different cultures and creeds. I do not fear those who are different, and I am slowly beginning to accept my many imperfections.

You, who have loved me through forgiveness, help me to forgive.
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