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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
But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing back; and your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind toward the unthankful and evil.
“Therefore be merciful, even as your Father is also merciful.
Don’t judge, and you won’t be judged. Don’t condemn, and you won’t be condemned. Set free, and you will be set free.
– Luke 6:35-37 (WEB)
He who says he is in the light and hates his brother is in the darkness even until now.
He who loves his brother remains in the light, and there is no occasion for stumbling in him.
But he who hates his brother is in the darkness, and walks in the darkness, and doesn’t know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
– 1 John 2:9-11 (WEB)
Don’t be surprised, my brothers, if the world hates you.
We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. He who doesn’t love his brother remains in death.
Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life remaining in him.
By this we know love, because he laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.
– 1 John 3:13-16 (WEB)
“During Holy Mass, I saw Jesus stretched out on the Cross, and He said to me, My pupil, have great love for those who cause you suffering. Do good to those who hate you. I answered, ‘O my Master, You see very well that I feel no love for them, and that troubles me.’ Jesus answered, It is not always within your power to control your feelings. You will recognize that you have love if, after having experienced annoyance and contradiction, you do not lose your peace, but pray for those who have made you suffer and wish them well.” (Jesus to St. Faustina, Diary 1628).
“For if you are ready to judge and despise another, God will correct you to your cost, and will permit you to fall into the same fault, that you may be convinced of your pride; that, by such a humiliation, you may at the same time find the remedy for both these sins.” – The Spiritual Combat