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"My Son, in many things it behoveth thee to be ignorant, and to esteem thyself as one dead upon the earth, and as one to whom the whole world is crucified. Many things also thou must pass by with deaf ear, and must rather think upon those things which belong unto thy peace. It is more profitable to turn away thine eyes from those things that displease, and to leave each man to his own opinion, than to give thyself to discourses of strife. If thou stand well with God and hast His judgment in thy mind, thou wilt verily easily bear to be as one conquered."
2. O Lord, to what have we come? Behold a temporal loss is mourned over; for a trifling gain we labour and hurry; and spiritual loss passeth away into forgetfulness, and we rarely recover it. That which profiteth little or nothing is looked after, and that which is altogether necessary is negligently passed by; because the whole man slideth away to outward things, and unless he quickly recovereth himself in outward things he willingly lieth down.
Not all knowledge is good or helpful for our soul. For instance, trying drugs just to “know what it is like” is not good or helpful. We don’t need to try drugs to see how harmful they are because there is ample evidence of others who use drugs. Their example should be enough knowledge for us. Likewise, when we hear someone gossiping, there is no good reason to listen or participate unless it is about us. With all sins, we should not commit them—they do not help us in any way.
It is also very important to know which battles we should pick with others. While we are obligated to always defend the Truth, there are instances where doing this will certainly provoke anger and discord. If we know that this will be the outcome, and that the other person is not ready or will choose not to hear the Truth, Jesus says that it is better for us to give that person space. Purposely causing discord in the name of Truth is a contrary witness to that Truth because Charity is intrinsic to it. We can and should however always pray for others and make reparation for the sins of others. Remember to pray every day prayers of reparation for sins committed by the living and by the souls in Purgatory.
The disciple mentioned in the passage, who represents us, shows the progress in spiritual development by recognizing the danger people place themselves in by clinging to temporary happiness and feels genuine sorrow for the potential loss of souls.
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