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Quotes and Prayers on Mary
We must learn to love even those who seem evil if we are to see God’s face. Because God’s face is a face of Mercy and of Love. A Love that forgives, that waits, that desires for what is good and not for what is evil.
It is not for us to hate. Neither is it for us to judge, for only God can judge. But we were commanded to love, to love as Jesus Himself has loved us.
Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,
“‘You shall not hate your brother in your heart. You shall surely rebuke your neighbor, and not bear sin because of him.
“‘You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people; but you shall love your neighbor as yourself. I am Yahweh.
– Leviticus 19:1, 17-18 (WEB)
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, just like I have loved you; that you also love one another. – John 13:34 (WEB)
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’
But I tell you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who mistreat you and persecute you,
that you may be children of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust.
For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Don’t even the tax collectors do the same?
If you only greet your friends, what more do you do than others? Don’t even the tax collectors do the same?
Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.
– Matthew 5:43-48 (WEB)
Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” – Luke 23:34 (WEB)
Thinking about sin, whether our own or another’s , creates a spiritual fog that robs from us the sight of God’s beauty. Instead, we should seek God’s healing and strength on behalf of us all, and when we look at another who has fallen into sin, we should focus only on compassion and our own brokenness, longing for God’s healing for us both. Without this attitude, our own souls will trip and stumble into sin. Compassion is our protection.– All Shall Be Well
If I see people do anything which clearly seems to be sin, I cannot make up my mind that they have offended God; and if I dwell upon this at all,–which happens rarely or never,–I never can make up my mind, though I see it plainly enough . It seems to me that everybody is as anxious to serve God as I am. And herein God has been very gracious unto me, for I never dwell on an evil deed, to remember it afterwards and if I do remember it, I see some virtue or other in that person. – Life of St. TERESA of Avila