Do not Judge: Understanding the Vice of Passing Judgement.
We often complain nowadays that to live according to God s commandments is a difficult struggle. We think that to be truly Christian we have to fast, pray, give alms and perform other such virtuous acts. And as we ponder over the trouble we have to take to be virtuous and live a life in Christ, we lose heart and give up. Christ, however, suggested a very simple and easy way for us to please Him and avoid condemnation at the Last Judgment, saying: Do not judge in order not to be judged (Matt. 7:1-2). -- Prologue
From the Contents:
1. Prologue, 2. Malicious Gossip and passing Judgment, 3. Causes and Types of Criticism, 4. The Results of Judging our Fellows, 5. Saints shelter the Sinner, 6. Correcting a Brother, 7. When we are the Subject of Gossip
Author: Hieromonk Gregorios, Elder of the Cell of St. John the Theologian, Koutloumousiou Monastery, Mount Athos (trans. Fr. Michael Monos)