Contemplating One's Own Navel

Batiushka said regarding condemnation and criticism of other’s faults and sins: “You need to pay such close attention to your own internal life, that you not focus on what is happening around you. Then you will not condemn.” — Counsels of the Venerable Elder St. Amvrossy of Optina

Those who live without paying attention to themselves will never be made worthy to be visited by grace. — Advice from the Holy Elder St. Leo (Nagolkin) of Optina

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