The Love of God

“Love of God is founded on love of one’s neighbor. When the remembrance of wrongs is obliterated in you: then you are close to love. When your heart is overshadowed by holy, grace-given peace towards all humanity: then you are at the very doors of love. But these doors are opened by the Holy Spirit alone. Love of God is a gift from God in a person who has prepared himself to receive this gift by purity of heart, mind, and body. The degree of the gift is according to the degree of preparation: because God, even in His mercy, is just.”

-Bishop Ignatius Brianchaninov (1807-1867)

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2 Responses

  1. looks great! i’ve really liked wordpress so far…good choice 😉

  2. St. Ignatius Brianchaninov is amazing! If you haven’t yet read his book, The Arena, I would highly recommend it! Perhaps one of the most life changing texts I have yet put my hands upon.

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