Shut No One Out From Your Love 

Do all you can to love everyone. If you are not yet able to, at the very least don’t hate anyone. Yet you won’t even manage this if you have not reached detachment from the things of this world.

You must love everyone with all your soul, hoping, however, only in God and honouring him with all your heart.

Christ’s friends are not loved by all, but they sincerely love all. The friends of this world are not loved by all, but neither do they love all.

Christ’s friends persevere in their love right to the end. The friends of this world persevere only so long as they do not find themselves in disagreement over worldly matters.

A faithful friend is an effective protector. When things are going well, he gives you good advice and shows you his sympathy in practical ways. When things are going badly, he defends you unselfishly and he is a deeply committed ally.

Many people have said many things about love. But if you are looking for it, you will only find it in the followers of Christ. Only they have true Love as their teacher in love.

This is the love about which it is written: ‘If I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, but have not love, I am nothing” – 1 Corinthians 13:2.

Whoever has love has God, because God is Love.

1 John 4:16

Excerpt from Drinking from the Hidden Fountain: A Patristic Breviary, edited by Thomas Spidlik, translated by Paul Drake, Cistercian Publications, Kalamazoo, Michigan and Spencer, Massachusetts, USA 1994. Original source from Centuries on Charity, 4, 82ff. (SC9, pp. 17off.)

Top Image credit:  Landscape photo by Zachary Domes on Unsplash. Free to use under the Unsplash License. Scripture quote from 1 John 4:16 added. 

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