St Silouan the Athonite (2)

∼ Words from the Church Fathers ∼

Induce your heart to love your enemies, and the Lord, seeing your good will, shall help you in all things, and will Himself show you experience. But whoever thinks evil of his enemies does not have love for God and has not known God.

I ask you to try something. If someone grieves you, or dishonours you, or takes something of yours, then pray like this: “Lord, we are all your creatures. Pity your servants, and turn them to repentance,” and then you will perceptibly bear grace in your soul.

– St. Silouan the Athonite, Writings, IX.21

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