Tuesday, May 29, 2012

St. Gregory the Theologian: On Good Will

There is nothing we can offer GOD more precious than good will. But what is good will? To have good will is to experience concern for someone else's adversities as if they were our own, to give thanks for our neighbor's prosperity as for our own; to believe that another person's loss is our own, and also that another's gain is ours; to love a friend in GOD, and bear with an enemy out of love, to do to no one what we do not want to suffer ourselves; to choose to help a neighbor who is in need not only to the whole extent of our ability, but even beyond our means. What offering is richer, what offering is more substantial than this one? What we are offering to GOD on the altar of our hearts is the sacrifice of ourselves. --St. Gregory the Theologian

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