“Our brother is our life”

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  2. I have to say, this quote takes on quite a new meaning when hearing Metropolitan Jonah talk about how the love of our neighbor is bourne out when we can especially love that we otherwise hate or who hate us. This kind of also goes well with Dostoevsky’s thought:

    “I am sorry I can say nothing more consoling to you, for love in action is a harsh and dreadful thing compared with love in dreams. Love in dreams is greedy for immediate action, rapidly performed and in the sight of all. … But active love is labour and fortitude, and for some people too, perhaps, a complete science. But I predict that just when you see with horror that in spite of all your efforts you are getting further from your goal instead of nearer to it—at that very moment I predict that you will reach it and behold clearly the miraculous power of the Lord who has been all the time loving and mysteriously guiding you.”

    (For context, I was quite blessed to hear Metr. Jonah’s talk from the retreat given a couple weekends back via my godfather’s recording of it.)

  3. After I read this I remembered how I visited in 2008 Russian St Panteleimonos Monastery – Mount Athos and I even now can’t imagine how grateful I should be to our God for the blessing to venerate the holy relics of St, Silouan…

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