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By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky, Catholic Culture, Feb 28, 2022

 Fr. Jerry Pokorsky is a priest of the Diocese of Arlington who has also served as a financial administrator in the Diocese of Lincoln. Trained in business and accounting, he also holds a Master of Divinity and a Master’s in moral theology.  …


We all want to look good, so we brush and floss our teeth and comb our hair. Many movie stars have teeth implants to improve their smiles. Sometimes we’re the last to realize what others see. Despite our best appearances, we still need family members or friends to point out the egg on our faces. As an old joke has it, an elderly person looks into the mirror, sees the creases of age, and asks, “How did that happen?” It’s difficult to assess how others see us or how God sees us.

Introspection is challenging, with our eyes that peer outward. Jesus warns: “Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?” (Mt. 7:4) We quickly notice the sins of others but seem unable to assess our own sins with precision. …

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