Sunday, August 07, 2016

Try to love your neighbors

"Try to love your neighbors, love them actively and unceasingly.  And as you learn to love them more and more, you will be more and more convinced of the existence of God and of the immortality of your own soul."

"A true act of love, unlike imaginary love, is hard and forbidding ... [It] requires hard work and patience, and for some, it is a whole way of life.  But I predict that at the very moment when you see despairingly that, despite all your efforts, you have not only failed to come closer to your goal but, indeed, seem even farther from it than ever -- at that very moment, you will have achieved your goal and will recognize the miraculous power of our Lord, who has always loved you and has secretly guided you all along."

     ~Father Zossima in Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov

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