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.