Saint Maximus the Confessor on True Charity for One’s Offenders

St. Maximus the Confessor Surrounded by his persecutors

St. Maximus the Confessor Surrounded by his Persecutors

To harbor no envy, no anger, no resentment against an offender is still not to have charity for him. It is possible, without any charity, to avoid rendering evil for evil. But to render, spontaneously, good for evil—such belongs to a perfect spiritual love.

* This excerpt is from “The Way of the Fathers: Praying with Early Christians” by Mike Aquilina

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