I Do Not See Sin

“There is only one sorrow – not to be a saint.” –Léon Bloy

We tend to judge people by their mistakes, by the worst moments in their lives, moments of weakness or failure. Instead of judging others, Jesus invites us to see the goodness in people. All of humanity is holy because God became human in Jesus, thereby sanctifying each and every human being, no matter their faults. We called to search for the goodness in every one.

If we are attentive, the infinite horizon of God’s love stirs within us a willingness to try to move beyond the normal, safe and limited way in which we encounter the other. Within everyone there is a seed of holiness, and each of us, knowingly or unknowingly, is on a journey toward a fuller realization of their inherent holiness through a deeper communion with all beings; therefore, kindness to all is essential. Humanity reflects the endless diversity of the Spirit, all united in Christ.

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2 Responses to “I Do Not See Sin”


  1. 1 Kristen October 29, 2014 at 7:42 am

    I just read the article about your work in “Crux” and want you to know how inspired I am by what you do. I have worked for a large Catholic Charities organization for almost 17 years and, in a limited way, understand how poverty impacts the lives of real people. What you are doing, using the power of film and media to educate people about these issues and to tell the stories of real human beings, is incredibly powerful. Thank you so much for the work you do!

    Do you ever do speaking engagements?

  2. 2 James Sedwick October 29, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    I’d add that we (or at least I) tend to judge ourselves by our mistakes. It can be pretty tough and unloving. Maybe it’s an attribution bias that helps us manage risk and danger; we don’t learn how to be kind to ourselves and see the holiness. It’s remarkable when someone else says “it’s okay” and helps us be in a place where we can heal.


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