Let mercy outweigh all else in you

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Let mercy outweigh all else in you

St Issac the Syrian (also known as Isaac of Nineveh) was a seventh century monk and mystic. Like many pre-Schism saints, he is also revered by the Roman and Eastern-rite Catholic Churches. He was born on the Arabian Peninsula, near present-day Qatar.

A strict ascetic, the saint entered monastic life at a young age along with his brother, and studied the Scriptures in isolation for many years. Eventually elevated as bishop of the ancient Assyrian capital of Nineveh, he abdicated this role after five months to return to the desert. He reposed around the year 700.

Holy Father Isaac, pray to God for us!

A centering prayer for compassion

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Each morning after or before you pray, and each night before you sleep, say these words slowly and deeply, so that the peace of God which “passes all understanding” may fill your heart and the Lord’s grace may quiet your soul.

“I was created by God out of His love.

I am alive today by His grace.

I will die in hope of eternal life with Him.

Through His mercy, I will rise again in the glory of the resurrection.”

Then, look or think upon anyone who has hurt or wronged you, and, keeping him or her in mind,  reflect on this person that:

“You were created by God out of His love.

You are alive today by His grace.

You will die in hope of eternal life with Him.

Through His mercy, you will rise again in the glory of the resurrection.”

If, in this way, you can truly look upon your fellow man with kind intent, even a person who hurt or wounded you, then you not only do a good work in God’s sight, but you lessen any pain in your soul. By allowing the grace of the Holy Spirit to work and move through you in a spirit of forgiveness, any anger and bitterness in your soul will dissipate, replaced with genuine compassion and deep Christian love. This freedom from anger and bitterness is the fruit of all regenerative redemption, healing of soul, and inner peace.

“Put on the mildness of angels. . .”

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Let’s stop fighting and pray in a becoming way. We should put on the mildness of angels instead of the demons’ brutality.

No matter how we’ve been injured, we must soften our anger by considering our own case and our salvation.

Let us quiet the storms; we can pass through life calmly. Then, upon our departing, the Lord will treat us as we treated our neighbours. If this is a heavy, terrible thing to us, we must let Him make it light and desirable.

What we don’t have strength to carry out because of our struggle against sin, let us accomplish by becoming gentle to those who sinned against us.

-St. John Chrysostom