The Sinful Neighbor

The Lenten Spring has come!

Even though we pray throughout Great Lent, “grant me to see my own sins and not to judge my brother/sister“, we often can’t help but notice when someone sins against us.  So what are we to do?

“It is better to pray devoutly for your neighbor than to rebuke him every time he sins.” (St. Mark the Ascetic in The Philokalia: The Complete Text, Vol. 1, pg. 119)

And how many times should we forgive them?

Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven. (Matthew 18:21-22)