Wednesday Aug 26, 2015
Conferences of St. John Cassian - Conference Sixteen on Friendship Part II
Cassian continues to "take us where we do not want to go" in this Conference on Friendship. Divine Love and purity of heart must become the lens through which we see every interaction with another person. A willingness to set aside our will and judgment for the sake of charity is paramount. We must not make our perception of the truth or need to speak the truth our god, but rather we must be willing to set aside all in humility so as not to be the source of discord and contention. These are truly hard sayings and difficult to bear and we will keep coming back in our pride to make the will and wisdom of God inappropriate and impossible to live. Cruciform love is what we must bear witness to in our actions and allow to form our every thought and perception. We must overcome every wave of anger and annoyance that wells up within our hearts and develop such a sensitivity to and desire to preserve this charity that we do everything in our power to soothe the hearts of those who are angry with us justly or unjustly.
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