Answer with love…

I found this on Facebook from our Metropolitan Archbishop Mark Haverland. He quoted it from Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Karamazov Brothers. It was not long ago that this theme of responding to everything with love came up in a conversation with my Bishop in England. If we answer hatred with hatred, it can only escalate and the malice doubles with each exchange or act of revenge. Instead, we respond with love and our humility:

At some thoughts one stands perplexed, especially at the sight of men’s sin, and wonders whether one should use force or humble love. Always decide to use humble love. If you resolve on that once for all, you may subdue the whole world. Loving humility is marvellously strong – the strongest of all things and there is nothing else like it….If the evil doing of men brings you to indignation and overwhelming distress, even to a desire for vengeance on the evil-doers, shun above all that feeling. Go at once and seek suffering for yourself, as though you were yourself guilty of that wrong. Accept that suffering and bear it and your heart will find comfort.

Could this be our New Year resolution? This is the way of Christ and the Gospel.

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3 Responses to Answer with love…

  1. ed pacht says:

    AMEN!!!!
    Thank you for quoting this.
    “Love your enemies, bless those who persecute you, return Good for evil, turn the other cheek, go the extra mile…” None of this is practical as men see practicality. All of it will be called foolish. But it is the voice of the Master, spoken from the heart of God. Will we hear Him and allow Him to do His work, or will we do what seemeth right to a man and continue in the way of destruction?

  2. I must always bear in mind that apart from the grace of God, I would be committing the sin that I abhor and doing much worse. In fact, apart from the grace of God, I would make Adolf Hilter look like Mother Teresa.

    “Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Look to yourself, lest you too be tempted.” – Gal. 6:1

    • Adoph Hitler?

      Try reading this aloud:

      Eh, der straffnix hüttensekt der weiner Schnitzel mit de Lagerbierten und de Sauerkraut! Eh, der Flütensack-da-flörten en Tomania bis ein Straff en der Blientzensack da klütsch, öh! Iffläiner straff mitta ach… Balonei! Baluni war sein Strütz mit setz eltersekter-klütn…. ein da straff, mit seiner Klatsch, eyh! der Stratz mit sicke Tednda, mit seiner Tratsch, mits Gedang, mein Allatidda, mit der straffen, di straffen, sie straffen!
      Demokratschi: schtonk! Liberty: schtonk! Free Sprekken: schtonk! Tomainia, mit der grötze Army in der Welt! der grötze Navy in der Welt! Mit seine erste Grötze, alles, und einer to sacrifice. Alles! Und einer stratten tighten de Beltn.
      Ah Herring. Puppesching Herring! Bismark Herring! Miesen Ültesack de Plärtn…

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