Most of us will invoke almost anything to justify ourselves before others. We drop into our conversations little references to our background, our children, our good works, our education, our financial status, our political views, our religious practice, our athletic prowess, our up-scale neighborhood. These two things are closely linked: self-justification and contempt for others. Self-justification isn’t necessary. God accepts us just the way we are.
-Br. David Vryhof, SSJE