Saturday, September 1, 2012

St. Isaac the Syrian

Let this always be the aim of your conduct: to be courteous and respectful to all.

And do not provoke any man or vie zealously with him, either for the sake of the Faith, or on account of his evil deeds; but watch over yourself not to blame or accuse any man in any matter.

For we have a Judge in the heavens Who is impartial.

But if you would have that man return to the truth, be grieved over him and, with tears and love, say a word or two unto him; but do not be inflamed with anger against him, lest he see within you signs of hostility.

For love does not know how to be angry, or provoked, or passionatelyto reproach anyone. The proof of love and knowledge is profound humility, which is born of a good conscience in Jesus Christ our Lord, to Whom be glory and dominion, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and ever, even unto the ages of ages. Amen.

St. Isaac the Syrian

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