Fr. Sanctus Mario
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The Only Way to Avoid Criticism. Friday Second Week of Advent


Breakfast With the Word Friday Second Week of Advent



Matthew 11:16-19



Criticism is simply people’s disapproval of something you did or said. There is one way to avoid criticism according to Matthew 11:16-19. Criticism comes into effect when people’s sole interest is to find a fault.


Hence, they listen or read with the sole intention of finding something to fault, analyse and judge you. One of the factors that easily affects us psychologically is when we live on people’s assessment of who we are.


Sometimes, what is still keeping many today in their hiding zones is the fear of what people will say or think about them. Sometimes our minds are so immersed in people’s evaluation of who we are that it also overrides those positive things we can do.


Many of us today are so afraid to do something positive because we fear what people will say and think about us.


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In the Gospel.


In the gospel, Jesus compares this generation to children in a marketplace who call one another but they do not respond.



They played the flute and sang for them but there was no response. They accused John the Baptist of being possessed by a demon because He wasn’t eating and drinking and yet Jesus came mingling with tax collectors, ate and drank with them. Hence, they accused Him of being a drunkard, a friend of sinners and tax collectors.



From the gospel today, in Matthew 11:16-19, Jesus was also worried about this psychological menace in His time.


The truth is that there is nothing you will do, that people will not criticise. They will surely criticise and fault you. Let it not stop your good intentions. This is normal.


If you like, feed the whole world, save lost souls, help the helpless etc many people will still look for something to talk about. Let it not stop you. God knows your heart. Even Jesus Christ and John were not safe in their own time. Never think that everybody will like what you do. This is a myth .




Take the Positives

Sometimes, the way people present you to their hearers can be so harsh that it causes you internal discomfort. But choose to remain positive. Take the lessons therein and keep going.

Rather than allowing people to hold your gifts in a cage, instead of allowing them to pull you to the mud, stand on your feet.


Do not allow the criticisms of other people define who you are. Jesus was not stopped in His own time because of people’s approval and disapproval of what He does.


So, instead of going down, always evaluate whatever they say or do, sieve out and take the positives and correct the negatives but let us never allow people stop you from fulfilling the mission God sends you to do in this world. Let the Holy Spirit guide whatever you do.


Avoiding Criticism Leads to This


The fact today is that we cannot avoid criticism even if you try to make everyone love you, someone will still have an issue with you. Many will misunderstand you.


Therefore, avoiding criticism will only keep you at bay, make you afraid of something that does not even exist and limit your potential.


The simple truth is that no one is perfect and even those talking at your back, criticizing your name, also have others who do the same to them. No one is immune to that.



If you sincerely want to avoid criticism then do nothing, say nothing, try nothing and be nothing. The only way to avoid criticism is to do nothing.


And this is what is keeping most gifted and talented young people yet in their comfort shells and afraid to do the mission God has sent them to do.

For the fact you have something you do, not many people will love that. It is normal.


So, if you want to avoid criticism, hide your gift.


Finally, do not do things only when people are praising you. Living on praises can also be misleading. Some of them are flattery. The fact here is that what we do in life must not find its foundation on what people say or do.


After our lives here, we are not going to give account to anyone except God. To come out of the shell should not make us fear.


What people will say is not supposed to be the pivotal point. Like Jesus said, in the gospel, the outcome will prove Wisdom right.


The truth always comes at last. In everything we do, wisdom plays a pivotal role. But follow your good heart. But If you really want to avoid criticism, then do nothing and choose to remain where you are.



May God bless you dearest and give us the strength to achieve victory over our challenges today Amen


  1. Eneh Chioma Maureen says


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  3. Abuah Judith says

    Amen … Thank u brother… We move … Nothing we shall do, we just keep moving

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  10. Stella Ekwemalor says

    Good morning Padre
    Remain blessed

  11. Chidimma Igwe says


  12. Adozima Chidi Helen says

    Amen. I pray today for the grace to focus on only how God sees me and not how man does having in mind that when God is with me I don’t need croud. May the word of God that I hear everyday continue to light up my path and direct my steps in Jesus mighty name Amen.

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  14. Chizoba Ekwueme says

    Amen and Amen!!

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  17. Unique Peace Wilfred says

    Father I really don’t understand why you said we should hide our gift and talent to avoid criticism. Should we really do that???

  18. Chinyere Ezemelue says

    Help me, Lord to do what I need to. To conquer the fear of criticism and do only what pleases you and for my good.
    Give me courage and boldness Amen.

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  21. Michael Uzoechiena says

    Amen Padre and God’s Divine wisdom and strength.

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  27. Ndukwe Amanda says

    Amen Fr

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  33. Gabriel-Martin says

    Amen Fr

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  35. Anidiobi Sylvia Ngozi says

    I pray for grace to overcome challanges 🙏

  36. Ogechi Oscar says

    Amen ooh

  37. Odoh Nneka says

    Amen! God bless you padre

  38. Amalu Gloria says

    Amen, God bless.

  39. Udemezue Martina Mary says


  40. Ifeyinwa Nnani says

    Thank you Padre for this words of exultation. They’re really for me. May God continue to bless you with his wisdom to guide his people, amen.

  41. Godwin Odah says

    Amen 👏.

    What a great message, am so inspired by this and from today, I refuse to pay attention to criticism and falsehood from people of this world.

    May God continue to enlarge your understanding of the word, to help you draw more souls closer to Christ.

  42. Dorothy Mary Iyinbor says

    Amen thanks brother

  43. Nwoye Chinemerem says

    Amen 🙏

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  45. Okeke Juliet Nneka says

    Amen 🙏.

  46. Try y Emmanuel Ogban says

    AMEN Grace upon Grace 🙏

  47. Theomaris says

    Amen 🙏

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  49. Dodoh Peter Anthony says

    Amen 🙏🙏🙏

  50. Dr Nick Onyia says

    May God give me the grace to always do the right thing, no matter the level of criticism from people, in Jesus name, amen 🙏 Remain richly blessed, fr.


    AMEN 🙏
    Thank you 🌹 Padre
    Padre even if we keep quiet and refuse to do something, are you sure, we will not be criticised?
    Remain Blessed 🌹

  52. Ifeoma Ugwueze says


  53. Madu chinaza lovelyn says

    Amen. I pray that God gives me the wisdom to handle criticism of life.

  54. Michael Peter Enyilegu says

    Amen 🙏🙏🙏✅

  55. Ugwu Josephine Nnenna. says

    Amen. Remain blessed.

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  60. Uchechukwu Egbo says

    🙏🙏🙏 Amen 🙏

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