Gleanings from Orthodox Christian Authors and the Holy Fathers


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If somebody regards you with rancor, be pleasant to him, be humble and agreeable in his company, and you will deliver him from his passion. St. Maximos the Confessor (Third Century on Love no. 90)

If you feel that hatred has overwhelmed you, remain silent. Say nothing until, by ceaseless prayer and self-recrimination, you have calmed your heart. Counsels of Venerable St. Hilarion (Ponomarev) of Optina

If you harbor rancor against anybody, pray for him and you will prevent the passion from being aroused; for by means of prayer you will separate your resentment from the thought of the wrong he has done you. When you have become loving and compassionate towards him, you will wipe the passion completely from your soul. St. Maximos the Confessor (Third Century on Love no. 90)

My children, desire to purify your hearts from envy and from anger with each other, lest death should overcome you, and you will be counted among the murderers. For whosoever hates his brother, kills a soul. Abba Anthony the Great.

Stop pleasing yourself and you will not hate your brother; stop loving yourself and you will love God." St. Maximos the Confessor.

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