St John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church
Minneapolis, Minnesota


Wisdom of the Fathers

Posted by stjohnsminneapolis on March 4, 2012 at 8:55 AM

It is a fearful thing to hate whom God has loved. To look upon another – his weaknesses, his sins, his faults, his defects – is to look upon one who is suffering. He is suffering from negative passions, from the same sinful human corruption from which you yourself suffer. This is very important: do not look upon him with the judgmental eyes of comparison, noting the sins you assume you’d never commit. Rather, see him as a fellow sufferer, a fellow human being who is in need of the very healing of which you are in need. Help him, love him, pray for him, do unto him as you would have him do unto you. (St. Tikhon of Zadonsk)

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Reply david
6:51 PM on May 11, 2013 
This is truly an important and fundamental insight; it is really an expanded definition of 'agape' with practical suggestions we can incorporate in our attitude toward others- and toward ourselves as well.