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Without love prayer is of no benefit, advice is hurtful… Saint Porphyrios the Kapsokalyvite of Milesi , Oropos

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Saint Porphyrios the Kapsokalyvite of Milesi , Oropos

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second resembles it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. (Mt 22:37-39)

Above everything is love. The thing that must concern you, my children, is love for the other person, for his soul. Whatever we do, whether it is prayer or offering advice or pointing out some error, let us do it with love. Without love prayer is of no benefit, advice is hurtful and pointing out errors is harmful and destructive to the other person who senses whether we love him or not and reacts accordingly. Love, love, love! Love for our brother prepares us to love Christ more.Isn’t that perfect?

Reference: Wounded By Love, pp 180 – 181
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