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St. Nikolai Velimirovich: If your heart has been softened . . .

Icon of St. Nikolai Velimirovich“If your heart has been softened either by repentance before God or by learning the boundless love of God towards you, do not be proud with those whose hearts are still hard. Remember how long your heart was hard and incorrigible. Seven brothers were ill in one hospital. One recovered from his illness and got up and rushed to serve his other brothers with brotherly love, to speed their recovery. Be like this brother. Consider all men to be your brothers, and sick brothers at that. And if you come to feel that God has given you better health than others, know that it is given through mercy, so in health you may serve your frailer brothers.”Book Prologue of Ohrid Volume 1

+ St. Nikolai Velimirovich, March 31, Prologue of Ohrid

 

St. John Cassian: If you want to correct your brother . . .

Icon of St. John Cassian“If you want to correct your brother when he is doing wrong, you must keep yourself calm; otherwise you yourself may catch the sickness you are seeking to cure and you may find that the words of the Gospel now apply to you, ‘Why do you look at the speck of dust in your brother’s eye, and not notice the rafter in your own eye?'”

— St. John Cassian, Philiokalia, Vol 1