There’s a story of St. Philip Neri that describes the saint watching a criminal being led to his execution.  As the criminal passed, Neri apparently exclaimed: “But for the grace of God, there go I,” an admission that he recognized that he, a priest, was as capable of serious sin as any other man.
This is almost the complete opposite reaction to that described in Jesus’ parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector (Luke 18:9-14). The Pharisee, seeing a tax collector – one of the worst sinners imaginable during biblical times – prayed: “God, I thank you that I am not

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