Do not as very many do, my brother, pay too much attention to the virtue you may possess and thus neglect passing judgment on the vices you have disregarded. But imitate the example of the peacock which naturally acts quite differently. It has its ugly feet, like those of a chicken, always in view, but displays the spectacular beauty of its tail behind it. In its feet it sees something gross that it may despise, but ignores its tail that might cause it to be admired. Before its eyes is that which causes it humiliation, but on the back it carries that for which it can strut before all other birds. You too should hide that which is virtuous within you, but never fail to view and judge what might be sinful and in need of correction.
Peter Damian, Letter 95. Today is the feast day of San Pietro Damiani, Doctor of the Church. He was a stern theologian, but whenever I think of him I can't help thinking that he has a name like a party. I dare you to say, "San Pietro Damiani" and not think that it sounds like lots of fun.