The problem and its cause

One of the monks of Sceta said to Abbot Mateus:

?My tongue is always causing me problems. When I am amongst the faithful, I just can?t control myself and I end up condemning their wrong actions.?

The old abbot said to the distraught monk:

?If you really don?t think you are capable of controlling yourself, then leave teaching and go back to the desert. But don?t delude yourself: choosing solitude as an escape from a problem is always a proof of weakness.?

?What should I do then??

?Admit that you have some faults in order to avoid any pernicious feelings of superiority. And do your best to get things right when you can.?


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