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When we endure insults from our brother, it counts as martyrdom. Saint Porphyrios the Kapsokalyvite of Milesi

Saint Porphyrios the Kapsokalyvite of Milesi , Oropos

Παναγια Ιαματικη_efb_img_1434134771366When someone has a vice we should try to bombard him with rays of love and compassion so that he may be cured and freed.These things are achieved only through the grace of God.Think that this person is suffering more than you.In a cenobitic monastery when someone is at fault, we should not tell him that he is to blame.We must adopt an attitude of care, respect and prayer.We must endeavor not to do anything harmful.When we endure insults from our brother, it counts as martyrdom.And it is something we should endure with joy.

We should feel the malice of the other person as an illness which is tormenting him and which he is unable to shake off.And so we should regard our brethren with sympathy and behave with courtesy towards them, repeating in our hearts with simplicity the prayer, ‘Lord Jesus Christ,’ so that the grace of God may strengthen our soul and so that we don’t pass judgment on anyone.

We should regard all people as saints.We all carry within us the same ‘old self.’Our neighbor, whoever he is, is ‘flesh of our flesh,’ he is our brother and, according to St. Paul, we owe no one anything, except to love one another.We can never pass judgment on others, for no one ever hated his own flesh.

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